cut is a filter program which extracts fields or columns of each line of input.

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cut column range sed/awk/cat

I'd like to cut a certain range of text (i.e. characters 17-63) repeatedly from a *.txt file, which is several thousand lines long. One line looks like this: ...
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Using bash variable substitution instead of cut/awk

Can I use bash variable substitution to extract a piece of a variable based on a delimeter? I'm trying to get the immediate directory name of a filename (in this case, foo). $ ...
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grep content between two starting bracket

Below is file output that I want to access [1] RsyncCommand: 0 Number of files: 18 Number of files transferred: 0 Total file size: 24.01M bytes Total transferred file size: 0 bytes Literal data: 0 ...
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How to use grep and cut in script to obtain website URLs from an HTML file

I am trying to use grep and cut to extract URLs from an HTML file. The links look like: <a href="http://examplewebsite.com/"> Other websites have .net, .gov, but I assume I could make the cut ...
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How to cut a date/timestamp String?

So I am using TIMESTAMP=$( stat -c "%y" $JARNAME.jar ) print $TIMESTAMP and its output is something like 2015-04-24 17:23:03.000000000 -0500 I need only the 2015-04-24 17:23:03 part
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cut command behaving differently when its output is “ * ” [duplicate]

I am trying to create a shell script, below is a part of which where i am trying to extract some value from a record in a file: tgt_val=`cat $file_name | grep "$string_name" | cut -d"|" -f$column_no` ...
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bash: How to determine the largest number (newest version) from: ls *.tar.gz | cut -c 2-4

Hi I'm trying to get the largest number (newest version) of a file, I got a bunch of tar.gz files in a directory, versions of some software in the format v${version_number}_software.tar.gz, where ...
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“cut” hangs when using “tail -f” in combination with “tr”

I'm try to pipe chat log files to some speech output, and want to remove timestamps with cut and remove special characters with tr. Unfortunately, cut seems to halt when using it with tail -f in ...
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How to extract first part of filenames with same suffix?

I want to get at the prefix of a variable-length filename. In: some_filename_123-uniq.tar.gz Out: some_filename_123 In: some_filename_1-uniq.tar.gz Out: some_filename_1 This does the exact opposite ...
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Strange cut behavior

I'm using cut (GNU coreutils) 8.24. The command: echo "TEST=test" | cut -d"=" -f2- outputs Ttest. I don't think this is the intended behavior. Am I using it wrong or is there something wrong with my ...
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split a file by a character and add it to the data

I have a question that I would like to make simpler, how do I split the second field of a file (space delimited) by an underscore and add the second part as a new field to the data (output as tab)? ...
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Match data from array to data from file?

I'm trying to match up the data from an array the lists the days of the week like this: MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY The files data reads like this: Name1,Tuesday ...
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A command to print only last 3 characters of a string

I know that the cut command can print the first n characters of a string but how to select the last n characters? If I have a string with a variable number of characters, how can I print only the ...
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coreutils that are utf aware?

When I used cut today, I found out it doesn't treat a UTF-8 character as a character, but 3 characters because it's 3 bytes long. This seems to be generally true for many tools. Are there versions ...
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How can I apply `cut` to several files and then `paste` the results?

I often do operations like paste <(cut -d, -f1 file1.csv) <(cut -d, -f1 file2.csv) which is very tedious with more than a few files. Can I automate this process, e.g. with globbing? I can ...
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How to find number of unique 'applications' in Debian jessie

This is a follow-up query on allpackages.txt.gz has two different file-sizes? $ wc -l allpackages.txt 57725 allpackages.txt I looked at the output and it says 57725 -6 the header files which is ...
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How to cut everything until a specific word / after a find in a script

I am trying to get the output of files from today which contain "ERROR". I use this to find the files I want: find /home/user/logfilesError/ -maxdepth 1 -type f -name "gandalf_*"\ -daystart ...
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string manipulation without awk or sed

any help on this problem is appreciated I have a text file with the following format We can safely assume that the names are always three characters long, profession 7 characters and salary 5 ...
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how to do inverse cut?

I am sill new in this. I would like to ask, how to inverse the cut? Example; ./24feb/frfr I want after cut command, the result will be ./feb/frfr. How to do it?
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cut string on last delimiter

I have a filename like a.b.c.txt, I want this string to be split as string1=a.b.c string2=txt Basically I want to split filename and its extension. I used cut but it splits as a,b,c and txt. I ...
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Cut command does not separate by tab in script

Note : I don't know how to insert tabulation in my text, I replaced it by [tab] I have a list file name value separated by a tabulation : host1[tab]ip1 host2[tab]ip2 host3[tab]ip3 host4[tab]ip4 ...
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How let `sort | uniq -c` separate the number of occurrences by a tab charactor?

uniq -c separate the occurrence number by spaces, which is hard for to cut or awk to separate it out later. 1000_A1\tB1\n ___1_A2\tB2\n I can solve this problem using sed -r 's/^ *([0-9]+)/\1\t/' ...
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How to split a file by counting digit numbers within a row?

I have a file with 45000 character within each line and I I want to split the original file based on specific numbers of character within a line. as an small example my input file looks like: ...
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how to split a file into separate files based on the column headers in original file?

I would like to split a file to different files based on the information in the first line. For example, I have: Input: 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 30 30 30 30 0 2 2 0 2 ...
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Initializing a variable with echo

So, I'm trying to store a part of the name of a file into a variable for other uses. So, if my file was named hello123.txt and I want to store the 123 part. So I try num= echo $file |cut -c6-8 ...
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Range of the command cut in unix

I'm trying to make a shell script, I want to cut a string using the 'cut' unix command, as follows: namecmpaux=$(echo $namecmp |cut -c0-19) But when I run the shell tells me the following error: ...
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Null value than rename file

I have a shell to a task but I should handle the null value in this. So in the task i cut the part of a word and i delete or rename the file, but need another if element for null. For example: I ...
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Replace multiple spaces with one using 'tr' only

I have a file, f1.txt: ID Name 1 a 2 b 3 g 6 f The number of spaces is not fixed. What is the best way to replace all the white spaces with one space using only tr? ...
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How do I cut a string already separated by spaces?

Lets say there's a string like this test="1/2/3 4/5/6 7/8/9/0" They are separated by spaces, as well as '/'. I want to return a result like this by taking the second field of each string segment. ...
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File size after cut

I am trying to verify if I split large file correctly into multiple pieces. As an toy example, I have a file out_sample: 123456789012 123456789012 123456789012 123456789012 123456789012 This has 64 ...
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select portion of file by line interval [duplicate]

I want to practice using head, uniq and cut, for this data here. I know this thread but it focuses too much on cat and external programs. I would like a simpler answer. I want to take interval from ...
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Fetch second and fourth column from a file

Problem Statement I am not able to get the values in second and fourth column. Tried grep -i "AUGC\|AACN\|AACY" output.csv | cut -d ',' 2,4 DATA ...
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Can't redirect cut output

When I try to redirect the output of cut it always seems to be empty. If don't redirect it, the output shows in terminal as expected. This is true for OS X 10.10 and Linux 4.1.6. This works: ...
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bash: cut command produces nothing (just a blank line)

I have a problem with being able to echo a part of a string Here is a simplified version: t=no_1187985:/home/my.name/testing/no I want to echo no_1187985 only so: tt=$(echo $t | cut -d":" -f 1) ...
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Bash to join column from multiple files

I have around 20 files in different folders for which I have created a separate file containing path information called pathtofiles.in; /home/users/gray_wolf/unix/File_1.tsv ...
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How do I use cut to separate by multiple whitespace?

I would like to get the last column of this sample: [ 3] 1.0- 2.0 sec 1.00 MBytes 8.39 Mbits/sec [ 3] 2.0- 3.0 sec 768 KBytes 6.29 Mbits/sec [ 3] 3.0- 4.0 sec 512 KBytes 4.19 Mbits/sec ...
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how to break a line after matching a certain character using shell command?

File1: John Daniel Hommes Cameron;Emily Terry Mussy Barbara Mimi Papu;David Swiss Jen Hans Peter Iril;Kelvin Lilly Gucci Kate Nik;Forum Bill June;Jill and Jack Output file: John Daniel Hommes ...
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How to extract particular fields from lines using shell commands?

File1: 27/07/2014 10.10.03 Breaker1 was closed by Mr. A.Basu Spectrum ui6dms 29/07/2014 04.50.53 Breaker1 was opened by Mr. D.Gupta Spectrum ui6dms and one note added 30/08/2014 03.20.01 EarthSwitch ...
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How can I shorten strings shown in the i3status bar?

I am using the i3status bar. In the bar, I am displaying my wireless network details. However, space is limited and this takes up a whole lot of it. The standard format is defined in the i3status.conf ...
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Split log file by time range

I have a log file and would like to cut it into copies of 15min. In the log file the lines start with: dd mmm yyyy hh:mm:ss,xxx e.g. 12 Feb 2013 16:05:02,xxx log text... and the file rotates ...
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How to show only the last k columns in ls -l?

I like to restrict the columns shown in ls -l command, by eliminating the first 4 columns. ls -lh shows: drwxr-sr-x 20 gamma alpha 4.0K May 22 13:18 Desktop drwxr-sr-x 3 gamma alpha 22 Oct 6 ...
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Copy files with parent folder to a new directory

I want to copy some files and include their parent directory in the process. The current structure is similar to: /Module1/A/downloads/m13312/file.pdf /Module1/A/downloads/m17312/file.pdf ...
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Can I make `cut` change a file in place?

The man page doesn't give me much hope, but I'm hoping it's an undocumented (and/or GNU-specific) feature.
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Cutting logs (and not copying) from a log file between two time stamps

I have a very huge access.log file of 2 Gb containing apache access logs. The date time format in that is as below : 04/May/2015:02:15:25 I want to cut (and not just copy) the logs from this ...
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What the equivalent of “grep | cut” using sed or awk?

Say I had a config file /etc/emails.conf email1 = user@dinkum.dorg email2 = user@winkum.worg email3 = user@stinkum.storg and I wanted to get email2 I could do a: grep email2 /etc/emails.conf | ...
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How to use Cut and Grep command to find data separated by “:” [duplicate]

In my simple database, it contains text of like, example, soldiers. Name:Rank:Gender:Age:Years of Service Tom Corporal:Recruit:Male:19:2 Nicole Sergeant:Corporal:Female:30:10 Daniel ...
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Beginner Questions Regarding “<”, “<<”, and reading files

I know that I can do tr a b < file, but how do I do that for ls? So for example, How to feed ls -l a list of files from a 'file'. I tried the below and it did't work. $ cat>test A B C $ ls -l ...
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How to find the word after a given pattern using cut?

I have a file that looks like this: -config1 -config2 param2 -config3 param3a param3b -config4 param4 and I can use the following to extract param2: echo $(<file) | cut -d' ' -f3 However I ...
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How to truncate text lines to N characters maximum? [duplicate]

Given a text file, or the output of a command, how can I truncate it so that every line longer than N characters (usually N=80 in a terminal) gets shorten to N characters maximum?
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how to use awk/cut to get column data which has space

I have data in below format: 16 SQL*Plus vilconv1 dox-conv2 16 TOAD background query session Disha WORKGROUP\AD now I want to ...