I am trying to write a script that would combine two files into one and should work in both Solaris 5.10 and a Linux box.




FacA D0000000000000001
FacA D0000000000000002
FacA D0000000000000030
FacB D00000000000000980

Desired Output:


What I tried?

paste File1 File2 |nawk '{$1=$1}1' OFS=","

(Above command works in Solaris but does not work in Linux)

paste File1 File2 |awk '{$1=$1}1' OFS=","

(Above command works in Linux but does not work in Solaris)

I am using Korn Shell. Can someone suggest another way which works in both Solaris and Linux?

Note that File2 may contain more than 3 columns but always have equal number of columns.

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    Try paste File1 File2 | tr '[[:blank:]]' , – don_crissti Apr 5 '16 at 19:56
  • @don_crissti Command you provided works only in Linux, its not working in Solaris. – ayrton_senna Apr 5 '16 at 20:43
  • replace [[:blank:]] with a literal tab followed by a space... – don_crissti Apr 5 '16 at 20:45
  • @don_crissti No luck, not working in solaris or linux – ayrton_senna Apr 5 '16 at 20:54
  • Solaris has an 'XPG4' option that makes many things including awk more like other/standard Unixen, see unix.stackexchange.com/questions/198905/… – dave_thompson_085 Apr 6 '16 at 3:14

I was able to resolve this issue myself, but I wouldn't call it a straight forward approach. Since awk works in Linux, but not nawk, I created a soft link in Linux host to redirect nawk to awk. Now I can use nawk in both Solaris and Linux without any issues.

ln -s /bin/awk /bin/nawk
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  • Not sure what distro you are running but Debian based distributions at least, automatically create this link. – psusi Apr 6 '16 at 1:22

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