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Convert all tabs in a file to spaces, assuming the tab width is 2

Terminal - Convert all tabs in a file to spaces, assuming the tab width is 2
sed -i 's/\t/ /g' yourfile
2010-03-24 18:04:28
User: chmduquesne
Functions: sed
Convert all tabs in a file to spaces, assuming the tab width is 2


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
expand -t 2 <filename>
2010-07-13 23:04:57
User: camocrazed
Functions: expand
Tags: expand

Change the number to change the number of spaces. Leaving it out defaults to 8. Leaving out the filename defaults to stdin.

And to do it in reverse, you can use the unexpand command.

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What others think

This won't work correctly if you have multiple columns.

"a<tab>b<tab>c" should expand to "a<space>b<space>c" "d<tab><tab>e" should expand to "d<space><space><space>e"

Then all three columns line up. The only sensible solution is to use the expand command:

expand -t 2 < yourfile
Comment by flatcap 421 weeks and 3 days ago

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