Re: blank lines in create table script

  • From: Mladen Gogala <gogala.mladen@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2019 11:42:24 -0500

I can't find notepad++:

root@umajor:/home/mgogala# apt install notepad++
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package notepad+
E: Couldn't find any package by regex 'notepad+'

However, there is another free editor which does have regular expressions, without any additional configuration. It's freely available on

On 12/3/19 11:20 AM, Rich J wrote:

Off the top of my head, the free Notepad++ editor has a RegEx replace where you could replace:


(including a single space at the end)...with:


(including a single space at the end), making sure the "Regular Expression" box is checked in the Replace dialogue (standard <CTRL-H> to replace in the editor).

The "^$" says to match lines where the end of the line immediately follows the beginning, i.e. a truly blank line.

The "\n" will match the newline.  It may need to be "\r" or "\n\r" or "\r\n", depending on the actual new line characters existing in the file you're editing.

The "\ " matches a single space, so the the blank line between the DDL and the COMMIT is preserved.

Just one idea......


On 2019/12/03 09:50, Howard Latham wrote:

Funny one this - I've got a load of scripts from a supplier with
create table commands. They error as there's a blank line in front of constraint clauses. Is there a way of making them work- without editing the whole lot?
Don't really want to edit delivered product scripts.
Oracle  18c Redhat 7.

Mladen Gogala
Database Consultant
Tel: (347) 321-1217

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