On Sun, Mar 14, 2004, Warren Block wrote: >On Sun, 14 Mar 2004, Steven N. Fettig wrote: > >> I can't figure out what the newline character is... I've tried \n \r &\, >> etc. with no avail. I run the following: >> >> sed 's/[ ]/\n/g' my_test_text_document.txt > >>From the sed man page: > >"2. The escape sequence \n matches a newline character embedded in > the pattern space. You can't, however, use a literal newline > character in an address or in the substitute command." > >I think this is a BSD thing, and sed on other systems does handle \n and >other literals in substitutions. It's annoying enough that I just use >Perl instead.
I thought it was the other way around, that the gnu version of sed accepts the standard ``C'' escape sequences, but the FreeBSD version doesn't. I always use the gnu tools configured with the program-prefix='g' option, and referenced as ``gsed'' rather than depending the the native ``sed'' doing what I expect. Bill -- INTERNET: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Bill Campbell; Celestial Software LLC UUCP: camco!bill PO Box 820; 6641 E. Mercer Way FAX: (206) 232-9186 Mercer Island, WA 98040-0820; (206) 236-1676 URL: http://www.celestial.com/ ``Never chastise a Windows user...just smile at them kindly as you would a disadvantaged child.'' WBM _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"