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Replace CR in fields with 'nothing'

Posted on 2014-02-14
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Last Modified: 2014-07-22
Hello experts -

question for you:

How I do replace CRLF in UNIX file (AIX OS) with 'nothing'? Example, as file fragment shows in vi:


Desired result will be one line as:


I am looking for the solution like:

sed 's/"CRLF"//g' old_file > new_file, that allows me do bulk replacement of all occurrences   of CR-LF in existing 'old_file'. ("CRLF" pattern in sed example is illustration only).
Also, it isn't DOS-to-UNIX conversion. These CRLF got into files that are 'spools' out of Oracle sqlpus when data has CR characters in VARCHAR2(..) columns.

Thank you!
Question by:sevior
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pony10us earned 1000 total points
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sed -e '/^M/d' old_file > new_file

Author Comment

ID: 39859863
Seems that this syntax is what I needed,
I'll update after few more test.

Thank you.

Author Comment

ID: 39860061
Well, it did work, brought number of rows in file to what it should be, but...
it messed up delimiter (which is hex 0x01).
Any comments? Or, there is other way of cleaning CRLF?

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pony10us earned 1000 total points
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sed -i -e '/^M/d' old_file > new_file

Or use substitution:

sed -e 's/^M//g' old_file > new_file
sed -i -e 's/^M//g' old_file > new_file
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE earned 1000 total points
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Can you try this:

sed 's/\x0D\x0A$//g' old_file > new_file

This should remove CRLF only from the end of the lines in your input, not the CR in your fields.

If this doesn't work, can you post a few lines of your input file as an attachment?

Author Comment

ID: 39864759
I have not checked yet sed with HEX back on AIX machine, but I should correct my question - I want to replace CR (CR-s only) in fields. Attached example shows fragment on one record that has four CR-s (HEX 0D). As a result this one record spooled as five lines in output file. There is LF (it's on fifth line of this record that is not on this picture) at the end of each record - which is correct.
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE earned 1000 total points
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>>  There is LF (it's on fifth line of this record that is not on this picture) at the end of each record - which is correct.
So delete CR's in fields and leave LF's at end of lines (records)?

Then the first comment by pony10us is doing what you're asking, you know you have to type the ^M character by pressing <CTRL>-V and then <ENTER>?

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