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Puts every word from a file into a new line

Terminal - Puts every word from a file into a new line
tr ' \t' '\n' <INFILE >OUTFILE
2009-07-06 21:24:44
User: CharlieInCO
Functions: tr
2
Puts every word from a file into a new line

Simply translates whitespace to newlines. Could be enhanced to compress out extra newlines, but that might be better handled in the next tool down the pipe, with eg uniq(1).

Alternatives

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Terminal - Alternatives
awk '{c=split($0, s); for(n=1; n<=c; ++n) print s[n] }' INPUT_FILE > OUTPUT_FILE
2009-07-06 06:10:21
User: agony
Functions: awk
Tags: awk
1

Basically it creates a typical word list file from any normal text.

sed -r 's/[ \t\r\n\v\f]+/\^J/g' INFILE > OUTFILE
2009-07-08 19:59:33
User: qazwart
Functions: sed
0

What happens if there is more than a single space between words, or spaces and tabs? This command will remove duplicate spaces and tabs.

The "-r" switch allows for extended regular expressions. No additional piping necessary.

< <infile> tr ' \t' '\n' | tr -s '\n' > <outfile>
2009-07-07 01:17:47
User: qubyte
Functions: tr
Tags: shell tr
-1

Puts words on new lines, removing additional newlines.

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What others think

Need to use the "-s" switch to squeeze the output. Otherwise, multiple spaces and tabs are missed.

Comment by qazwart 320 weeks and 4 days ago

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