Newlines in sed on Mac

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12 Responses to Newlines in sed on Mac

  1. iveney says:

    Damn it… I encounter this problem too. This is so hard to understand.

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  3. Anon A. Mous says:

    I’m having this problem on OsX 10.6 not just with sed but with bash in general. No matter how I try to get a script to output a newline, all it does is print \n.

  4. cbrinker says:

    The issue here is not with OSX per-se as it is with the default version of sed you get with OSX.

    /usr/bin/sed is the BSD version from May 10, 2005

    Optionally, you can install gnu sed or gsed via ports (currently 4.2.1 from June 2009) that behaves as you are accustomed to on linux.

    $ echo “a b c d” | gsed ‘s/ /\n/g’

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  6. Gordon says:

    There’s an interesting discussion in superuser about this if it helps. It can be done it seems, it just requires you to get bash to do the escaping:

    These work:
    echo ‘foo bar’ | sed $’s/ /\\\n/g’
    nl=$’\n'; echo ‘foo bar’ | sed “s/ /\\$nl/g”

    Or you can use: tr ‘ ‘ ‘\n’

  7. SC says:

    You are awesome. Thanks!

  8. Glen says:

    Yes, this is a pain! I came across your blog when searching to solve the same problem. BTW, the following also works on OS X (the ‘y’ function does a global replace, and allows you to use \n as a replacement string):

    echo ‘foo bar baz quux’ | sed “y/ /\n/”

  9. Joe says:

    This worked for me to replace the Mac OSX csv line feeds with standard ones. Allowed me to import the .csv file I created from mac excel to mySQL.
    awk ‘{gsub(“\r”, “\n”); print $0;}’ file1.csv > file2.csv

  10. Xiao says:

    If all your sed usage tends to be substitution expressions (as mine tends to be), you can also use perl

    $ echo ‘foo bar baz quux’ | perl -pe ‘s/ /\n/g’

  11. Юрий Пухальский says:

    Why not use the standard POSIX way? Escaped newline?

    echo “a b c” | sed ‘s/ /\

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