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How do I get the character count of words in a particular column?

I have a CSV file like this: abd,123,egypt,78 cde,456,england,45 How can I get the character count of only the 3rd column words? I can't figure out how to get wc to do this.
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Is there a simple command for outputting tab-delimited columns in bash?

E.g. I have a file (produced with echo -e "var1\tvar2\t\var3\tvar4" > foo) that are output (in bash): $ cat foo case elems meshing nlsys uniform 2350 0.076662 2.78 non-conformal ...
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Swapping an unlimited number of columns

I have a file with columns. See below for an example: a b c ... z 1 2 3 ... 26 I'd like to swap all columns where the 1st becomes the last, the second becomes the one before last...etc.. z y x ...
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Using awk to identify the number identical columns

I am new to all this, and this is probably a rather simple question, but I am stuck: I have a large number of individual files that contain six columns each (number of rows can vary). As a simple ...
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How can I use column to delimit on tabs and not spaces?

I'd like to use Unix column to format some text. I have fields delimited by tabs, but within each field there are also spaces. column delimits on white space (tabs and spaces). How can I make column ...
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Print a multiline variable in a column

I have a script that collects values from a cluster. The values, in some cases, have multiple lines. I have a printf format that specifies how the data should be positioned however, it doesn't take ...
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Transposing rows and columns

I have a file with the lines like below. title1:A1 title2:A2 title3:A3 title4:A4 title5:A5 title1:B1 title2:B2 title3:B3 title4:B4 title5:B5 title1:C1 title2:C2 title3:C3 title4:C4 title5:C5 ...
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How can sed output be formatted like printf's formatted printing?

Can sed replace text with a string formatted like printf's formatted printing? The following sed command replaces a line starting with the current value of "$domain" with several values specified in ...
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Search for values in 2 columns from CSV

I have a csv files with say 20 odd columns. I need to get the 14th and 15th column values where value in 14th column is say "VALUE1" and value in 15th column is "VALUE2". My condition gets satisfied ...
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Sort one column only, keeping remaining columns untouched

How to (numerically) sort a specific column in a text file, without affecting other columns (irrespective of whether they are sorted or unsorted)? On other threads I found -s argument, but it does ...
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Merging/Combining 2 text files according to numeric field

I have 2 text files file_1: 14595|Age 35|Salary xx|Position ax|2013|Info 1|Info 2|Info 3|Info 4|Info 5 14649|Age 30|Salary xx|Position az|2015|Info 1|Info 2|Info 3|Info 4|Info 5 file_2: ...
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A better paste command

I have the following two files ( I padded the lines with dots so every line in a file is the same width and made file1 all caps to make it more clear). contents of file1: ETIAM...... SED........ ...
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Joining two files with unique identifier

I have two files with approximately 12900 and 4400 entries respectively, that I want to join. The files contain location information for all landbased weather observing stations around the globe. The ...
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Replace common values in two files according to first column

How do I replace common values in two files according to first column? I have file 1 (1.txt): CH063_01084 CH063_01083 CH063_13925 CH063_14473 and file 2 (2.txt): CH063_01083 FGSG_16349 4 ...
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Reformat each two-line sequence into two columns

I would like to tab my printout: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 to 1 2 5 6 3 4 7 8 How to adjust it using simple command line (awk or sed)??
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using awk to split a line on single spaces not multiples

I'm trying to split a line that I have no control over the format of. If parameter 7 and 8 are missing which is possible they will be replaced by a space so I would end up with, field1 field2 field3 ...
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Compare two files: lines present in one, not in the other, by one column comparison

I need to compare 2 files. Column 1 is the same in both files. Column 2 is what I want to compare: I want all lines in file 1 that are not in file 2 when comparing column 2. Column 3 is different in ...
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Column mismatch and substituting

input.txt (tab-delimted) TTTTOTTT00000000008 RTTTT899 5.00E-28 TTTTOTTT00000000046 RTTTWRR 3.00E-31 TTTTOTTT00000000051 2.00E-11 TTTTOTTT00000000051 7.00E-12 TTTTOTTT00000000054 ...
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AWK - a question about columns

I have a question. I was trying to deal with it by myself, but it seems like I am too new in awk to make it work. Let's assume that we have a file (eg. database.txt) (values are tab-separated): ...
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How to adjust column width in Linux command output

When I used this command on Red Hat Linux /usr/sbin/ss -i I get the following output below: State Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address:Port ...
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Linux sort second last column

I would like know how to sort the second last column ? It has the word "days=" in front of the number. I'm able to get the column with awk '{print $(NF-1)}', but sorting is wrong. 457000 ...
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Wrap sentences into columns

I'm looking for a way to take sentences and wrap them. Using something like column is not what I want as in my scenario there will be multiple sentence columns in the 80 characters. Is there any ...
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Parsing columnized data

I have some columnized data which I would like to format a little further. It looks like this: $ getStats | grep ESTABLISHED | column -t all tcp 117.54.56.131:80 <- 10.42.100.211:63752 ...
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Top Command - How to reduce the displayed Columns

Can we get specific column in a top command, for eg I'm interested in only the memory utilization and CPU usage column. How do I reduce the displayed columns of the top command to only the above two ...
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How to combine contents of two files having the same value in a column?

File1: 00:00 274 00:04 476 00:05 450 00:06 499 00:07 373 00:08 206 00:09 471 00:10 154 File2: 00:00 183 00:01 60 00:02 344 00:03 540 00:04 450 00:07 348 00:09 473 00:10 203 Desired output: ...
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How can I concatenate a single column of output into a list?

I'm using: ls /proc | grep -v "^[0-9].*" to get a list of all the files and directories in /proc that don't begin with numbers. The output is a single column list, i.e.: acpi asound buddyinfo bus ...
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Easily get a particular column from output without sed or awk

Is there a quicker way of getting a couple of column of values than futzing with sed and awk? For instance, if I have the output of ls -hal / and I want to just get the file and directory names and ...
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Add character to beginning and end of column

I have a file like this: 78@54@this@15@23 65@22@is@92@16 34@12@an@14@18 13@42@example@52@22 And I want to change it to this: "78"@54@"this"@15@23 "65"@22@"is"@92@16 "34"@12@"an"@14@18 ...
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How to align fstab entries easily

Editing /etc/fstab with my text editor makes all the spacing go out of alignment. I could go through the file and insert/delete spaces to line everything up, but I'm looking for a more automated ...
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get the Xth argument in each line

I would like to get the second argument in a line of output. For example: ps aux gives me an output that contains the cpu-usage %CPU in the third column. How can I filter the output so I have only ...
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Removal of lines with more than 'N' fields?

I am working on mac with sed, perl, awk, bash.. I have a large-ish (10GB) text file which has 13 fields (columns) of TAB delimited data. Unfortunately some of these lines have extraneous TABs , so I ...
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Cut command not extracting fields properly in aligned columns

I have a text file in which I must cut the fields 3,4,5 and 8: 219 432 4567 Harrison Joel M 4540 Accountant 09-12-1985 219 433 4587 Mitchell Barbara C 4541 Admin Asst ...
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Split long output into two columns

Is there a simple utility or script to columnate the output from one of my scripts? I have data in some form: A aldkhasdfljhaf B klajsdfhalsdfh C salkjsdjkladdag D lseuiorlhisnflkc E sdjklfhnslkdfhn ...
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Sort only on the second column [duplicate]

I'm trying to sort a file where typically (not always) the lines are whatever:[A-Ba-b0-9_]: values where fields are separated with :. Some lines do not follow this pattern, I'm not interested in ...
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Subsetting a file's contents based on value in a column

I have a text file as (for example): apple V$NFY_Q6_rc V=0.741 apple V$HOXA7_01_rc V=0.454 apple V$ALPHACP1_01_rc V=0.695 orange V$SP4_Q5 V=0.747 grapes V$SP1_Q2_01 V=0.677 grapes ...
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Select certain column of of each file, paste to a new file

I have 20 tab delimited files with the same number of rows. I want to select every 4th column of each file, pasted together to a new file. In the end, the new file will have 20 columns with each ...
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merge csv files by first column

I have 3 csv files like this. csv 1: 1,aaaa,bbb,2014-04-01 2,qwe,rty,2014-04-03 3,zxc,cvb,2014-04-05 csv 2: 2,j,k,2014-04-01 3,a,s,2014-04-04 5,g,h,2014-04-08 csv 3: 2,a,s,d,f,g,2014-04-01 ...
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Join every other column with sed or awk

I have a large text file (666000 colums) in the format A B C D E F Desired output AB CD EF How can we do it in sed or awk. I have tried a couple of things but nothing seems to be working. Please ...
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Compare 2 tab delimited files and output differences with column header

I would like to compare 2 similar files on a common column. The files will have identical headers. file1.txt mem_id Date Time Building aa bb cc dd ee ff ...
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How can I get the first column of a 300GB txt file?

let me first explain my problem in detail. It's actually pretty simple. I have a huge .txt file, 300GB to be more preciese, and I would like to put all the distinct strings from the first column, that ...
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How to reorder a large number of columns?

I'm looking for a pipeable one-liner to reorder a large number of columns (where manually entering the column numbers in e.g. an awk command such as awk '{print $3,$2,$1}' is not feasible). The order ...
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Append columns in a text file to after the final row

A smaller version of many data files I have looks like this: 0 0 0 0.05 9.6877884e-06 0.0024898597 0.1 4.2838688e-05 0.0049595502 0.15 0.00016929444 0.0074092494 0.2 0.00036426881 0.009839138 0.25 ...
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zsh and COLUMNS

I cannot understand the behavior of the $COLUMNS variable under zsh. Here's an example of the sort of behavior I'm referring to. The script $HOME/cols.sh is the following: echo "COLUMNS=$COLUMNS" ...
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how to create a data file with a column of date from day1 to dayN?

I was wondering if I could generate a hourly or daily time step date in a column starting from some year in the past to some day in the near past or today. to be more clear, I want to create one ...
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How do I reorder or rearrange the output below

Here in my INPUT: 0015:"IDPTS3O" 0091:"ODMBS1I" 0015:"IDPTS3O" 0091:"ODMBS1I" 0015:"IDPTS3O" 0091:"ODMBS1I" 0015:"IDPTS3O" 0034:"ADTSS1I" 0015:"IDPTS3O" 0034:"ADTSS1I" ...
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changing column separators in a file

I have a large file, that I need to process and after writing some scripts that don't seem to work properly, I have discovered that a small subset of the lines in the file are actually space separated ...
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print output to 3 separate columns

MYPATH=/var/www/html/error_logs/ TOTALFILE=$(ls $MYPATH* | wc -l) FILETIME=$(stat --format=%y $MYPATH* | head -5 | cut -d'.' -f1) FILE=$(ls -1tcr $MYPATH* | head -5 | rev | cut -d/ -f1 | rev) ...
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Bash: append columns to table

If you want to append a column (not a line) to a table, and the column has the same number of elements for sure, how can you do it? Given a set of files, which keeps changing each day, you want to ...
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How does this awk align the spacing?

Can someone please tell me what does this do? cat infile| awk ' { for(i=3;i<=NF;i++){ $2=$2" "$i } printf "%-4s %s\n", $1,$2 ; }' > outfile.txt infile contains: 1 John Smith 2 ...
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Create an ASCII art table from tabular data

Given perhaps comma- or tab-delimited input, I'd like to present a series of appropriately padded columns to stdout, so I can easily scan columnar information which would otherwise present rather ...