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The following command will concatenate pairs of lines from a file, with a comma separating each line.

awk 'ORS=NR%2?",":"\n"' FILE

For example, if FILE is of the form
the command would print

This works by changing ORS (Output Record Seperator) using a ternary construct ( expr ? iftrue : iffalse ).
NR in awk is the current line number; % is the modulo operator, and 2 is the argument to it. Thus, if the current line number is modulo 2, the ORS is ",", and if the line number is not modulo 2, ORS is "\n".

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