but something is wrong, the shell wants more input.
cat file.txt | perl -pe 's/\"[^[\'\`]/"`/g'
This is because you can't really escape anything in single quotes in UNIX shell. You have to write the command like this:
$ perl -pe "s/\"([^'\`])/'\$1/g"
This is "an example", but "`this not"'.
This is 'an example', but "`this not"'.
Sorry if my advice was wrong.
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