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Trim whitespace between quotes - unix shell script

Posted on 2010-03-25
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Last Modified: 2013-12-26
i'm working in a shell script that will do some post process tasks to an XML documnet, the XMLwill be outputted with whitespace after some of the values, i need a way of removing the whitespace but only between the double quotes

<ShipNoticeItem lineNumber="50  " quantity="     0">

I've tried a couple of sed commands but i remove the whitespace between the node name and attributes

Question by:IanPaskin
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If the info in the quotes is always a number (or begins and ends with a number) the following will work.

cat gus3
<ShipNoticeItem lineNumber="50  " quantity="     0">

$ sed   ' s/\"\ \ *\([0-9]\)/\"\1/g ' gus3 |  sed   ' s/\([0-9]\)\ \ *\"/\1\"/g '

<ShipNoticeItem lineNumber="50" quantity="0">

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Perfect thanks, i never thought to use the fact that it will be numeric.
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That sed statement can be simplified to

sed 's/" *\([0-9]*\) *"/"\1"/g'
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This might trim whitespace between the outside of two quotes.
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Can you give an example?

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