Remove blank lines from the beginning of a file
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27 octubre
2009

Remove blank lines from the beginning of a file

you can use sed, or you can use the BlankLineEraser! :D

This morning Marcos asked me for a solution to a common issue in a sysadmin/developer daily work. He needed a way to quickly/easily remove blank lines from the beginning of a file, if they exist (hehe, it doesn't work to assume the first lines are blank...).

After some time trying sed and its man page, and even searching through google, I found a quick sed one liner:

sed '/./,$!d' filename

And I quickly build a small shell script that uses it to parse a given file and create a parsed version of the file:

http://paste.e-shell.org/bash764440672

Perhaps some of you could find it useful... who knows... ;D

Posted by wu at 14:31 | Comments (1) | Trackbacks (0)
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Re: Remove blank lines from the beginning of a file

Thank You Brotha ! :D

Posted by: MarcosBL at octubre 28,2009 12:46
Re: Remove blank lines from the beginning of a file

np, glad to help! I've been thinking in a better version that checks for the $1 parameter to be a directory, and if it is a directory, do a recursive check inside all files within that directory... should be easy :D

Posted by: Wu at octubre 28,2009 12:51
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