Text file editing

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  1. Dina

    Dina Registered Member

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    hi

    i have text files which are formatted in double space. so it looks like this
    i want to replace the blank lines with some characters (i will use -separator- in this example. so it would look like this:

    anyone knows how this can be done? i have several files with thousands of lines so manual editing is not an option.

    i appreciate any help. thanks.
     
  2. SpikeyB

    SpikeyB Registered Member

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    You might want to try this.

    Open the documents in MS Word and use search and replace

    search: ^l^l replace: ^l-separator-^l (you might need ^p in place of ^l, it depends if para breaks or hard returns were used, p.s. l as in london)

    Hope it works for you.
     
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  3. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    Are these files pure text or something else, like doc, odf?
    Regards,
    Mrk
     
  4. Dina

    Dina Registered Member

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    @ Mrk

    theyre just plain text files.

    @ SpikeyB

    the ^p works pefectly. thank you.

    thank you both for the replies.

    :)
     
  5. Dina

    Dina Registered Member

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    hi. i actually need to do some more text editing as above, with different variations.

    is there a place where this is documented? so i can learn the syntax myself?

    thank you again.

    good day.
     
  6. SpikeyB

    SpikeyB Registered Member

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    I'm glad it worked for you Dina.

    The best way to find out is to go to the find and replace window. Click the more button then click the special button. Play around and select each of the special characters in turn to find its syntax.
     
  7. mizar

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    Code:
    [SIZE="4"][COLOR="MediumTurquoise"][B]Add power to Word searches with regular expressions[/B][/COLOR][/SIZE]
    [URL="http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HA010873051033.aspx"]http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HA010873051033.aspx[/URL]
     
  8. Dina

    Dina Registered Member

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    Thanks again for both your replies.

    Ive got everything sorted out now.

    cheers :)
     
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