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I have a bash ldapsearch in a while loop what I want to write to a csv file. The ldap listing looks like this:


My goal is this format in the csv file:


The problem is with the tr '\n' ',' where it changes the newline, but because of the loop it changes everwhere, causing this:


How can I replace the newline only before the data?

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Please at least make sure your question looks properly formatted when posted – the original had all three examples looking identical. The site even has a preview box... – grawity Mar 16 '12 at 20:57

One possible way:

while read -r dn && read -r data; do
    echo "$dn,$data"
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