Replace tabs with spaces in file

cat file_with_tabs.txt | perl -pe 's/\t/ /g'
Replaces tabs in output with spaces. Uses perl since sed seems to work differently across platforms.

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By: nikc
2010-07-11 13:01:22

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just use expand expand file_with_tabs.txt
Sunng · 411 weeks ago
Your use of cat is redundant.
atoponce · 410 weeks and 6 days ago
An example of "useless use of cat", and gratuitous use of perl. If you want to convert tabs to an appropriate number of spaces, use the expand tool. If you want to convert tabs to single spaces, use the tr tool.
inof · 410 weeks and 6 days ago
May not be the best way to get rid of tabs, but that command lets you replace tabs with whatever you want, not just space.
signal9 · 398 weeks and 2 days ago

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