On Fri, 9 Oct 2009, Oliver Fromme wrote:

Gary Kline <kl...@thought.org> wrote:
>         Whenever I save a wordpeocessoe file [OOo, say] into a
>         text file, I get a slew of hex codes to indicate the char to be
>         used.  I'm looking for a perl one-liner or script to translate
>         hex back into ', ", -- [that's a dash), and so forth.  Why does
>         this fail to trans the hex code to an apostrophe?
>         perl -pi.bak -e 's/\xe2\x80\x99/'/g'

You need to escape the inner quote character, of course.
I think sed is better suited for this task than perl.

That's twice now people have suggested sed instead of perl. Why? For many uses, perl is a better sed than sed. The regex engine is far more powerful and escapes are much simpler.

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA
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