On 2006-05-12 10:41, Warren Block <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>On Fri, 12 May 2006, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
>> There are at least the following ways:
>>    sed -i -e 's/^[[:space:]]*' -e 's/[[:space:]]*$//' file ...
>>    perl -pi -e 's/^\s*(\S.*\S)[ \t]*$/$1/' file ...
>> The first one seems more straightforward to me most of the
>> time, but there are times I find Perl's `-pi -e ...' idiom
>> very convenient.
> Neither of those work here:
> The first sed expression is missing "//".  Correcting that:
>   sed -i -e 's/^[[:space:]]*//' -e 's/[[:space:]]*$//' test.txt
>   sed: lstat: No such file or directory

Yeah, I noticed the missing // in the first regexp, but only
after I had posted the message.  You're right, of course :)

It seems odd that the fixed expression doesn't work though.
Which version of FreeBSD is this and what sed are you running?

        $ uname -v
        $ type sed

> The Perl version shows no difference between the original and
> processed file.  It's complex, too.  This one works:
>   perl -pi -le 's/^\s+//; s/\s+$//' test.txt
> Notes:
> 1. sed always seems to be a pain.  My compliments to those who use it
>    regularly; the only time I use it at all is when Perl (or something
>    else with better handling of regular expressions) is not available.
> 2. The -l option to perl is needed to preserve line endings.
> 3. The last version is based on the more efficient way of doing it as
>    per: man -P 'less +/trim' perlop

Great!  Thanks for all the useful tips :)

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