How to remove tab characters from text files - Noob vs. Pro

AI Noob Answer:

"You can use a text editor like Notepad++. In these editors, you use the "Find and Replace" function to search for and replace all instances of the tab character with a space.

... best done on 150 files in a row!

Alternatively, use the command line tool sed:

sed 's/\t//g' input.txt > output.txt

which will replace all tab characters in "input.txt" with no space and save the result in "output.txt"."

... i didn't mean to literally 'remove', but to replace by the correct number of spaces.

Is that helpful? Not really.

It's as stupid as: "Build a robot and train his AI to open text files in an editor, find tab characters, edit them manually by replacing them with spaces. Should only take five years."


Pro answer:

Forget the above junk, download the free open source SFK for any system and type:

sfk detab=3 mydir

Done. Example output:

detab mydir\foo.txt 10 tabs
detab mydir\bar.txt 3 tabs
detab mydir\goo.txt 1 tabs

Read the full syntax here.

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