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Convert PHP preg_replace code to JavaScript replace

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I would like this PHP REGEX to be converted to JavaScript.

I only want the extra whitespace to be replaced with a newline if the whitespace already contains a newline.

If extra whitespace does NOT contain a newline then the extra whitespace should be replaced with a space.

It works correctly in PHP but I need it converted to JavaScript.

Thanks!
<pre><?php

$xyz='Hello,     world.
This      is	 at test
               and only a          test';
echo preg_replace("/(?=\s\s)\s*?(\n)\s*|(\s)\s+/", "$1$2", $xyz);

?></pre>

<script type="text/javascript">

var xyz = 'Hello,     world. \n This      is	 at test\n               and only a          test';
alert(xyz); // Should replace extra whitespace with 1 space or 1 new line if it contains new line

</script>

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//is this any good:

var xyz = 'Hello,     world. \n This      is       at test\n               and only a          test';

xyz = xyz.replace( /[ \t]*\n[ \t]*\n/g, "\n" );
xyz = xyz.replace( /[ \t]+/g, " " );

alert(xyz); // Should replace extra whitespace with 1 space or 1 new line if it contains new line
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