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solved - lowercase between quotes "xxx"

solved - lowercase between quotes "xxx"

solved - lowercase between quotes "xxx"

I am using a awk command that changes text between quotes to lower case by using the field separator at the quotes.

CODE -->

awk 'BEGIN { FS = "\"" }  {print ($1)tolower($2)$3} ' test.txt > temp 

Unfortunately this command also removes the quotes "" from the output.
How can I get awk to keep/replace the original quotes?

Thanks for the help :)

RE: solved - lowercase between quotes "xxx"


  • There you concatenated the 3 field. print then out as separate fields. I mean, put comma ( , ) between them, so they get output with output field separator between them.
  • If you not want to change the separators, set the OFS ( output field separator ) to the same as FS ( field separator )


awk 'BEGIN { FS = OFS = "\"" }  {print $1, tolower($2), $3}' 


RE: solved - lowercase between quotes "xxx"

Thanks feherke, Your explanation was easy to understand and will help me in the future!
I only have the occasion to use sed or awk once or twice a year and nearly
always use a cut/paste/modify of someone else's snippet; as was the case here.

I always save my scripts and any explanations I find. So, your comment will be added to
my 20 or so sed and awk scripts. I have over 7,000 bash scripts, if that is any
indicator of how little I use sed & awk! smile

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