Hi All,

I am sed and awk illiterate and needed some assistance. I would like to write a script that will have sed replace all spaces with \space.

For example.

Program Files would be... Program\ Files

I can figure out how to replace the space with a backslash, however, when I add a space in there it complains that it is not terminated. Does anyone out there know how to accomplish this?

Thanks in advance.


If I understand correctly, you want to replace all space occurances to "\space" where space represents the space, ' ', character:

sed -i 's/ /\\ /' [i]file[/i]

To clarify:
sed — Is the program.
-i — Is a sed option that can edit files in place (makes backup if extension supplied)
s/ / — Finds all occurances of space
\\ / — Replaces the space with '\ '. Without the single quotation marks.
file — Is the input file.

For reference, the s command is the substitution command. The / / statement is to find any occurance of a space. The \\ / statement will replace the space, ' ', found with '\ '.

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Woohoo! That is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you for taking the time to respond, as well as the clear explanation.

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