sed -i "s/\s*/ /g;s/\s*$//" input_file

Get rid of multiple spaces/tabs in a text file

A much shorter version of this command.

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2011-12-12 10:58:33

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  • This command does the following: - converts any sequence of multiple spaces/tabs to one space only - completely removes any space(s)/tab(s) at the end of each line (If spaces and tabs are mixed in a sequence i.e. [tab][tab][space][tab], you have to execute this command twice!) Show Sample Output


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    sed -i "s/\(\x09\{1,\}\)\|\( \{1,\}\)/ /g;s/\(\x09\{1,\}$\)\|\( \{1,\}$\)//g" brisati.txt
    knoppix5 · 2011-12-12 10:24:03 3

What Others Think

Urgh! That will put spaces between all the characters. You need to change "\s\*" to "\s\+"
flatcap · 335 weeks and 5 days ago

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