replacing two EOL chars by one

Pascal Bourguignon spam at
Sun Dec 21 02:36:04 CET 2003

"Paul McGuire" <ptmcg at> writes:

> Is this language really necessary?  I'm sure I've used these words myself,
> but they're certainly not appropriate in a public discussion.

We don't get  the usenet "in color" around here, so  I guess that this
languages reflected the fuming hot  in frustration state of the OP.  I
guess  that  you  could  measure  the  quality of  a  design  and  its
documentations by  the inverse  of the number  of posts related  to it
using such language.

When we'll  have video-usenet, I  guess language will be  more proper,
but we'll  be seeing  keyboads and screens  flying out of  the windows
more often.

> I do not know the answer to your question, it really seems more like a
> regexp question, rather than a problem with Perl.  I hope someone who knows
> the answer can respond, hopefully in more civil language.

Even with sed I find difficult to do that.

On the other hand, with emacs it's quite simple:

M-x replace-string RET C-q C-j C-q C-j RET C-q C-j RET
__Pascal_Bourguignon__                              .  *   * . * .* .                        .   *   .   .*
There is no worse tyranny than to force             * .  . /\  (   . *
a man to pay for what he does not                    . .  / .\   . * .
want merely because you think it                    .*.  / *  \  . .
would be good for him. -- Robert Heinlein             . /*   o \     .                        *   '''||'''   .
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