# reformatting output with aligned columns [duplicate]

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A shell tool to “tablify” input data

I have a program outputting something like this:

abc   defgh   ijklm
nopqr   stu  vw
xyza bcde   fghi


which I'd like to clean up to get something like this:

abc    defgh  ijklm
nopqr  stu    vw
xyza   bcde   fghi


I looked at column, tr and sed without seeing anything; do any of those work? Is there another tool I can use?

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## marked as duplicate by rozcietrzewiacz, Michael Mrozek♦Sep 22 '11 at 3:11

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## 1 Answer

column -t file seems the way to go.

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