removing duplicate spaces from a string

Ron Johnson ron.l.johnson at home.com
Mon Aug 6 10:24:49 CEST 2001


Hello,

Say I have the strings:
  'foo   bar      snafu'
  'fiddle     faddle  pip  pop'

Are there any builtins that will allow me to compress the 
duplicate spaces out so that the files look like:
  'foo bar snafu'
  'fiddle faddle pip pop'

I could iteratively apply string.replace, replacing '  ' with 
' ', but that doesn't seem the optimum course.

For anyone with VMS experience, I want to emulate the DCL lexical
function F$EDIT("COMPRESS").

Sincerely,
Ron

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