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SASdevAnneMarie
Barite | Level 11

Hello,

 

I import an excel file, the data has the line breaks, so, sometimes ,in my sas data I have the multiple spaces.

I want to replace this spaces by  ^n but my code doesn't work:

 

OBJECTIVES2=prxchange('s/(^|\b)\s{2,}(\b|$)/^n/oi',-1,OBJECTIVES);

 

Maybe you know some other options to do that?

 

 

Thank you for your help!

Best regards,

Marie

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ChrisNZ
Tourmaline | Level 20

A space means \b is matched, so I am unsure what the intent of your expression is.

 

> I want to replace this spaces by  ^n 

Like this? It's the same as your expression.

OBJECTIVES2=prxchange('s/\s{2,}/^n/',-1,OBJECTIVES);

 

 

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ChrisNZ
Tourmaline | Level 20

A space means \b is matched, so I am unsure what the intent of your expression is.

 

> I want to replace this spaces by  ^n 

Like this? It's the same as your expression.

OBJECTIVES2=prxchange('s/\s{2,}/^n/',-1,OBJECTIVES);

 

 

SASdevAnneMarie
Barite | Level 11
Great! It works! Thank you!
Patrick
Opal | Level 21

I would remove the line breaks from your data. That's only going to create problems "somewhere".

Below RegEx replaces one or multiple consecutive whitespace characters with a single blank.

OBJECTIVES2=OBJECTIVES;
OBJECTIVES2=prxchange('s/\s+/ /oi',-1,OBJECTIVES2);

 

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