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Bug#400725: release-notes: How to view logs generated by 'script'?

On Tue, Nov 28, 2006 at 04:31:35PM +0100, Nikolaus Schulz wrote:
> IMO there really should exist a utility to strip such ANSI control
> sequences.  The best I've found so far is a small program by James
> Carlson, see the usenet thread "VT100 to text utility" at [1].  

Hm, sorry, I should have noted that this utility (which the author
christened 'novt') isn't enough here, because it is limited to filtering
out vt100 control sequences; but the attached bash snippet from my ~/bin
completes the job nicely. 

> Hmm, Joey, do you think something like this would qualify for moreutils?
> Nikolaus
> [1] http://groups.google.com/group/comp.terminals/msg/1fdc79377950d045

# unscript: clean up typescripts. 
# 'novt' is by James Carlson. 
# sed/tr pipeline from a ksh script by Robert Katz.
# (No, 'col -b' doesn't do it.)

novt "$@" |
sed " 
    t x" | 
tr -dc '[:print:]\t\n' 

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