I have an input text file called text.txt:


My output should be:


My command that I am currently using is

awk -F "|" 'BEGIN{NR > 1; OFS = "|"}{print $1, $3}' text.txt > text2.txt

Why isn't NR > 1 making it such that Header is ignored as it is the first line?

Furthermore how would I ignore the last line?

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    Please replace the images with text (indent using the editor help function {}, to get proper formatting for code). – Anthon May 4 '16 at 5:42
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    It makes your question better: If I would interested in answering and test it with the real input and check against the output, I don't want to have to type that stuff, I want to copy and paste. Apart from that a picture costs (at least) a thousand words (i.e. 2000 bytes). – Anthon May 4 '16 at 5:51
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    Are you really using backquotes around your commandline? That will execute the result. – Anthon May 4 '16 at 5:52
  • Can you post your output? – user3920577 May 4 '16 at 5:55
  • Please look at your post. You have backquotes around your pipeline. Can you why you need them there. – Anthon May 4 '16 at 5:57

Maybe you could use something like this (a.txt contains the input):

 head --lines=-1 a.txt | tail --lines=+2 | awk -F "|" '{print $1"|"$2}'

head --lines=-1 prints all but the last line
tail --lines=+2 prints all but starts at the second line
awk -F "|" '{print $1"|"$3}' takes the first and third column

The result is:

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  • This is a viable solution but is there a way to implement NR instead to not process header and footer? – user3920577 May 4 '16 at 5:51
  • I'm no awk expert. But what about awk -F"|" '{if (NR>1 ) { print $1"|"$3}}' a.txt? This skips the first line Header but the last line Footer is still processed... – mnille May 4 '16 at 6:04
  • I just started using awk today, but essentially I thought by using BEGIN I could indicate to unix to skip the processing of header... – user3920577 May 4 '16 at 6:06
awk -F '|' -vOFS='|' '/^Header|^Footer/ {next} ; {print $1, $3}' text.txt

This skips lines matching ^Header or ^Footer, and prints columns 1 and 3 for all other lines.

The Field Separator (FS) and Output Field Separator (OFS) are both set to |.

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  • BTW, you really should edit your question and replace those images with text. Never post images in a question when plain text will do. Text is searchable, copy-pastable, editable, and readable on any screen size. Images are not. If you want good answers, make your question as convenient and useful as possible for readers. – cas May 4 '16 at 7:09

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