Creating one record from multiple lines of text in either Access or Excel

Hello,

I need to create a record from multiple lines of text in csv file. I'm parsing log information. Basically, the record starts at 2018-05-2018 and ends at the next occurance of the  2018-05-2018.   For example:

2018-05-17T11:kfjsadlkfadklgjkaddjfj   dfalksdfsrhtioqeuih     du839457heir5834   odioiqweethen554viir dofjaweweoprweoitrhoiwer
dajrfawdkhboiyib   kdfjag ojern u
2018-05-17T11:32:03.fkdslfjds  dkfj;d ej96nt []

2 records would be created out of the example above:

Record 1 = 2018-05-17T11:kfjsadlkfadklgjkaddjfj   dfalksdfsrhtioqeuih     du839457heir5834   odioiqweethen554viir dofjaweweoprweoitrhoiwer dajrfawdkhboiyib   kdfjag ojern u
Record 2 = 2018-05-17T11:32:03.fkdslfjds  dkfj;d ej96nt []

Currently the file is in notepad.

I have Excel, Access or notepad++

Once I have the multiple lines into 1 record, I can parse out the information I need, but I'm not sure how to combine the lines to make one record.

Any suggestions?

Thank you?
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aikimarkCommented:
Please post a representative sample.
How big is the actual file?
Is this a one-time conversion?
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aikimarkCommented:
In Notepad++, you can do a Find/Replace operation.
* click the Regular Expression radio button on the F/R dialog
* \r\n(?!\d\d\d\d-\d\d-\d\dT) in the Find What box.
* a single space character in the Replace With box
* Replace All
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Steph_MAuthor Commented:
Thank  you for looking at this.

The file is about 50K lines.
I've been working with an Excel add-in but I'm not getting the results I need.
I like your notepad++ idea but it didn't work either.

I've attached cleansed sample data as requested.
SampleREGEX1-Input.txt
SampleREGEX1-Output.txt
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aikimarkCommented:
Thanks for the data samples.
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aikimarkCommented:
Ah.  Change the Replace With to nothing (an empty string)

Replacing the CrLf with a space was not correct.
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aikimarkCommented:
If that works, you could potentially code that up in VBScript or Powershell for complete automation.  Alternatively, you might put those actions in a Notepad++ macro for easy playback.
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aikimarkCommented:
but it didn't work either
If I've missed the point of my process not working, then please supply some details.
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Steph_MAuthor Commented:
I just got in formatted in Excel with a bunch of "IF" clauses but it was way to bulky and time consuming. Since I will need to do this mulitple times, I am going to try your method until I get it working. Thank you.

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