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sed mimic tr

Problem: Use sed to replace new lines in a file instead of tr.

Solution:
$ cat file

apples
peaches
pears
mangoes

$ cat file | tr ‘\n’ ‘, ‘

apples, peaches, pears, mangoes

$ sed ‘:mylbl;N;s/\n/,/;t mylbl’ file

apples, peaches, pears, mangoes

 
Sed explained. (Atleast that I how I understand it)

    # Create a label. - :mylbl
    # Move to the next line - N
    # substitute new line with a comma. - s/\n/,/
    # Move to a label only if a substitution was done. - t mylbl 
    sed ':mylbl;N;s/\n/,/;t mylbl' file 

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