need a newline between paragraphs....

Gary Kline kline at
Thu Nov 26 04:32:45 UTC 2009

On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 01:08:39PM -0700, Chad Perrin wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 01:19:42PM -0800, Gary Kline wrote:
> > On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 01:07:41PM -0700, Chad Perrin wrote:
> > 
> > 	precisely.  in this case, every paragraph that is not on a
> > 	newline wraps.  so anything that has an EOL is a new
> > 	paragraph.
> If I understand you correctly, the following should work for your
> purposes (as a naive implementation of the concept):
>     my $contents;
>     {
>       undef $/;
>       open(my $fh, '<', $in_filename) or die $!;
>       $contents = <$fh>;
>     }
>     $contents =~ s/\n+/\n\n/g;
>     {
>       open(my $fh, '>', $out_filename) or die $!;
>       print($fh $contents);
>     }
> That assumes that you want to turn any and all instances of one or more
> consecutive newlines into exacty two newlines.  More finagling might be
> required if there may be other adjacent whitespace, which would need to
> account for not only possible adjacent whitespace but also possible
> whitespace at the beginning of a line with other text on it.  Maybe
> something like this:
>     $contents =~ s/\s*\n+/\n\n/g;
> . . . though I haven't thought it through in too much depth with regards
> to the implications in edge case circumstances (thus the "naive
> implementation" comment above).

	Turns  out that the problem was resolved by the 

	print $fh "$_$/"; or close to that.  Since I scrubbed 100% of
	newlines -- and axing all whitespace before and after lines --
	before handing off the large file to OpenOffice, there wasn't 
	any concern about extra whitespace messing stuff up.
> > 
> > 	there are a few places that require different formatting; 
> > 	these are easily re-done thanks to OOo!
> I'm the kind of guy who would look for a way to automate things so that
> re-formatting in OOo wouldn't be necessary, but as long as you're happy,
> I guess we win.  Good luck!

	Hm.  Y'know, if *somebody* would just make having vim as an
	option along with OOo, along with wrapping all the lines, life
	would be (abs)Perfect.  I would nevr complain about anything;
	not ever.   

	My fingers know vi; I've used vi since BillJoy invented it and
	handed me the first docs.  It only took a couple weeks to
	learn, and I still don't know all the tricks.  But enough to
	do what I  *NEED* to, and with fewer fumbles _(or hurting my
	arm/shoulder that using the word-processor with mouse + keybd).

	having scripts to switch between file and file.txt|.odt gets
	pretty close :-)

	thanks much,


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