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Replace spaces with newlines

Terminal - Replace spaces with newlines
cat file.txt|perl -ne '$_=~s/\s+/\n/g; print $_;'
2009-02-06 08:47:18
User: foodie
Functions: cat
Replace spaces with newlines

This command is useful for separating a text file where all the words are in one line. Any group of spaces will be replaced with a single newline. Instead of one long line of tokens. You'll have a long list of tokens. One token per line.


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Terminal - Alternatives

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2 problems with that.

1. useless use of cat

2. use of perl

how about:

tr -s ' ' '\n' file.txt
Comment by pixelbeat 348 weeks and 1 day ago

i like xargs for this

xargs -n1 < file.txt
Comment by novas0x2a 348 weeks and 1 day ago

Damn novas0x2a, that's why I hate man pages, you read stuff in there :

--max-args=max-args -n max-args Use at most max-args arguments per command line. Fewer than max-args arguments will be used if the size (see the -s option) is exceeded, unless the -x option is given, in which case xargs will exit.

and I still can't understand how it works.

Comment by poboxy 348 weeks and 1 day ago

That's neat :D

Comment by porges 348 weeks ago

Your point of view

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