SPUG: perl one-liner help

Chris Wilkes cwilkes-spug at ladro.com
Wed Apr 4 15:15:20 PDT 2007

On Wed, Apr 04, 2007 at 03:08:47PM -0700, Duane Blanchard wrote:
> I have a list of names in a file separated by a semicolon and a space:
> Starr, Ringo; McCartney, Paul; Lennon, John; Harrison, George;
> and I want to substitute each /; / with a /\n/.
> I'm running WinXP.
> perl -e "s/; /\n/" desktop/list.txt

You're close:
  perldoc perlrun
shows that you're looking for the -p switch:

  perl -pe "s/; /\n/g" desktop/list.txt

throw in a "/g" in your regexp to say that you want to repeat the
match on the same line.


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