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FlowNick
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Replace Newline in Flow Expression

I have a flow that is parsing a plain text email and creating an item in a SharePoint list.

 

Everything works great except for when a user enters data with a newline or carriage return (which I don't want in the SP list). I can not figure out how to replace a new line (\n) or any other non-printable character.

 

I have tried the obvious...

 

replace(body('Html_to_text'), '\n', '')

I have tried what others claim to be the only solution...

 

replace(body('Html_to_text'), '
', '')

As well as several other options (e.g.; character codes)...

 

replace(body('Html_to_text'), Char(13), '')

And nothing works (even when the run doesn't generate an error, the new lines are not replaced). I am able to replace printable characters without issue, it's just the non-printable characters.

 

So, am I missing something or is it impossible to do what I'm trying to do?

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FlowNick
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Re: Replace Newline in Flow Expression

Thanks Michael.

 

Here's what I'm currently using as a workaround:

 

uriComponentToString(replace(uriComponent(body('Html_to_text')), '%0A', ''))

I figured, since I can replace printable characters, I'd just temporarily convert the string to all printable characters, replace them, then convert it back. It's hack-ish and inefficient but working.

 

I look forward to seeing your results.

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Re: Replace Newline in Flow Expression

Hi @FlowNick,

 

Thanks for posting.

I will make some tests and share the results.

Regards,

Michael

Community Support Team _ Michael Shao
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FlowNick
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Re: Replace Newline in Flow Expression

Thanks Michael.

 

Here's what I'm currently using as a workaround:

 

uriComponentToString(replace(uriComponent(body('Html_to_text')), '%0A', ''))

I figured, since I can replace printable characters, I'd just temporarily convert the string to all printable characters, replace them, then convert it back. It's hack-ish and inefficient but working.

 

I look forward to seeing your results.

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alexander7567
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Re: Replace Newline in Flow Expression

Thanks FlowNick - workaround works perfectly!

shahidsaud
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Re: Replace Newline in Flow Expression

Saver of the day. this works awesome.

Megasween
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Re: Replace Newline in Flow Expression

I think I just found a different work around.  needed to replay new lines with <br> html tag.  I initalied a variable string.  In the string I hit enter so the only character in the string was a new line.  I then used the dynamic variable in the experssion.

Anonymous
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Re: Replace Newline in Flow Expression

Hello,

 

I'm havin gsome trouble with the same. I'm trying to leverage the solution found but dont know what the "body('Html_to_text')" is referring to. Can someone explain that funciton? Thanks!

FlowNick
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Re: Replace Newline in Flow Expression

Hi @Anonymous,

 

body('Html_to_text')

represents data converted through the Content Conversion connector (docs).

Anonymous
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Re: Replace Newline in Flow Expression

Thanks for the reply Nick! i got it figured out.

TitoValle
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Re: Replace Newline in Flow Expression

It works!! You saved me a lot of time and I'm really thankful  Cat Happy

stephenJames
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Re: Replace Newline in Flow Expression


@FlowNick wrote:

Thanks Michael.

 

Here's what I'm currently using as a workaround:

 

uriComponentToString(replace(uriComponent(body('Html_to_text')), '%0A', ''))

I figured, since I can replace printable characters, I'd just temporarily convert the string to all printable characters, replace them, then convert it back. It's hack-ish and inefficient but working.

 

I look forward to seeing your results.


I hate to Necro, so sorry in advance. 

 

I am using a similar bit of code to remove line breaks and apostrophes.

uriComponentToString(replace(replace(uriComponent(body('Html_to_text')), '%0A', ''), '%27',''))

This works to put evrything on a single line and removes the characters i dont need. However i cannot seem to get my substrings to run as i keep getting the following message

flowerror.PNG

 

@FlowNick mentioned that he " temporarily convert the string to all printable characters, replace them, then convert it back." . Is there a step to convert it back that i am missing?

 

 

DennisKuhn1
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Re: Replace Newline in Flow Expression

Thanks @Megasween  thanks works perfect. A recap for others:

  1. Initialize a variable of type string, e.g. named NewLine
    1. In the Value field hit Enter, you should see the field growing vertical
  2. Use replace( 'your text with newlines in it', variables('NewLine'), '')

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