for perl wizards.

Lars Eighner luvbeastie at
Fri Oct 9 18:56:25 UTC 2009

On Fri, 9 Oct 2009, Warren Block wrote:

> On Fri, 9 Oct 2009, Oliver Fromme wrote:
>> Gary Kline <kline at> wrote:
>> >
>> >         Whenever I save a wordpeocessoe file [OOo, say] into a
>> >         text file, I get a slew of hex codes to indicate the char to be
>> >         used.  I'm looking for a perl one-liner or script to translate
>> >         hex back into ', ", -- [that's a dash), and so forth.  Why does
>> >         this fail to trans the hex code to an apostrophe?
>> >
>> >         perl -pi.bak -e 's/\xe2\x80\x99/'/g'
>> You need to escape the inner quote character, of course.
>> I think sed is better suited for this task than perl.
> That's twice now people have suggested sed instead of perl.  Why?  For many 
> uses, perl is a better sed than sed.  The regex engine is far more powerful 
> and escapes are much simpler.

Because sed is stable and perl is getting all OO and flaky.  Sed will work
like sed for so long as there are unix-like systems.  It is not clear that
perl is going to continue to work.

Lars Eighner
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