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need to enter dashs into a string of characters "123456789" using sed result s/b "123-45-6789"

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Have an ascii file that contains lines of data in the format:
 
12345~123456789~
12346~023456789~
 
Need to place dashes into send string of numbers to format a social security number
 
123-45-6789
023-45-6789
 
Would like to do this on the command line using sed, if possible. The data would be piped to the sed command.
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you want to use sed to insert dashes, so that you get:

12345~123-45-6789~

upon completion?

sed -e 's/\(~...\)\(..\)/\1-\2-/;'

you just want:
123-45-6789
sed -e 's/.*~\(...\)\(..\)\(....\)~/\1-\2-\3/;'
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Yes I would like the output to be:  "12345~123-45-6789"
 
The data is a listing of client ids and there order numbers
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so you want the output to remove the trailing ~?

then:
sed -e 's/\(~...\)\(..\)\(....\)~/\1-\2-\3/;'
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