Posted by: FrederikS | Date: 2018-02-12 11:22 | IP: IP Logged
I would like to transform a file with data in a single row of space-separated entries into a file with row and columns format. Each block of n entries in the original file belongs to a single block of data and should become a new line in the new format. I could in principle acomplish this task very easy with a macro, using the "strg+right" shortcut. This shortcut jumps to the beginning of the next word. However, it "skips" the minus sign, which is a problem. I.e. if a negative value is present, it jumps AFTER the minus sign, treating it the same as the whitespace before.
Can I change this behaviour somehow?
Posted by: pspad | Date: 2018-02-12 12:36 | IP: IP Logged
Is there any rule how to recognize end of line? If yes, you can use regular expression in search/replace and split it to lines by one step
Posted by: FrederikS | Date: 2018-02-12 13:29 | IP: IP Logged
Unfortunately not. It is simply a list of space separated values (single line).
I found a way to circumvent the problem by starting from the back and moving to the left. I can then savely move an additional character to the left, which is either space or minus, before hiting "enter" / adding EOL . The trailing/starting spaces are irrelevant. But still, a general solution might be useful.
Also, it would be nice if one could set the automatically repeated macro to proceed the whole file or stop conditionally.
But at any rate, I have a work-around now.
Posted by: pspad | Date: 2018-02-12 14:03 | IP: IP Logged
Does it means there is the same number of spaces for each line? If yes, it can be done with regular expressions