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Hello,

I want to remove all duplicates of spaces, dashes, periods and commas.

So
                   Hello--               this is a test,, and only a test........................

Should become
                   Hello- this is a test, and only a test.
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Question by:hankknight
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by:Robin Hickmott
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$my_string     =       str_replace(array(",,","  ","--",".."), array(","," ","-","."), $my_string);
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Sorry that should be

$my_string     =       preg_replace(array("/,+/","/ +/","/-+/","/\.+/"), array(","," ","-","."), $my_string);
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                   $my_string    =    "                   Hello--               this is a test,, and only a test........................";
                    $my_string    =    preg_replace(array("/,+/","/ +/","/-+/","/\.+/"), array(","," ","-","."), $my_string);
                   
                    // Outputs on php 5.2.0
                    Hello- this is a test, and only a test.

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