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I have a long file with short lines (one word)
f that I would like to inspect.
It would fit on the screen if it wasn't for the newlines.
If the data was already arranged in columns I could just do
column -t but I want my one column to be split into many.
Knowing the length of the file I could just do:
$ sed -n '1,10p' f > f1 $ sed -n '11,20p' f > f2 $ sed -n '21,30p' f > f3 $ sed -n '31,40p' f > f4 $ sed -n '41,50p' f > f5 $ paste f[1-5]
I imagine one could also make a new directory, apply
touch on every line, do
ls, delete the directory.
But is there an easy way to do this without creating any files?