Joining lines using Awk

2.5.14
Let's say I have a input file which looks like below:
Apr 24 2014;
is;
a;
sample;
;
Jun 24 2014 123;
may 25 2014;
is;
b;
sample;
;
Dec 21 2014 987
I want to merge 6 lines at a time. Which means my output should look like:
Apr 24 2014;is;a;sample;;Jun 24 2014 123
may 25 2014;is;b;sample;;Dec 21 2014 987
Below is a simple command that I would use:
awk '{ORS=(NR%6?"":RS)}1' file
Explanation:
By doing,
ORS=(NR%6?"":RS)
I am setting the output record separator to actual record separator only if line number is a multiple of 6.

1 comment: