translit -- replace or delete specified characters in a file
translit infile from_string [to_string]
- The input file name or template, e.g. "abc" or "abc.*".
- String containing characters to be mapped. If delete is yes then the characters in from_string are deleted from the input file(s). The from_string may specify a range of characters, e.g. "a-z" or "A-Z". If the first character of from_string is ^ then the program will operate on all but the specified characters, e.g. "^a-z" means all but lower case alphabetic characters.
- Requested if delete is no, otherwise set to the null string. Characters in from_string are mapped into characters in to_string. When to_string is short with respect to from_string, it is padded by duplicating the last character.
- delete = no
- If delete is yes the characters in from_string are deleted from the input file(s) and no to_string is requested.
- collapse = no
- If this switch is set all strings of repeatedly mapped output characters are squeezed to a single character.
To change all the alphabetic characters in a file from lower to upper case, writing the result on the standard output:
cl> translit filename a-z A-Z
To delete the letters a, b, and c from a file:
cl> translit filename abc de=yes
To replace all but the letters abc in a file with A:
cl> translit filename ^abc A