On Sunday 02 November 2008 03:21:55 David Allen wrote:
> My apologies for asking on this list, but I'm stuck without Perl and need
> to use awk to generate a report.
> I'm working with a large data set spread across multiple files, but to
> keep things simple, say I have A Very Long String that containing records,
> each delimited by a single space. I need to print those records in
> columnar format, but with only 7 columns per line:
> record1 record2 record3 record4 record5 record6 record7
> record08 record09 record10 record11 record12 record13 record14
Are you dead set on using awk(1)?
Because my first thought would be rs(1).
cat inputfile | rs 0 7
To turn your space-separated entries into 7 columns. You may need some
fiddling about (to avoid running out of memory, space on the line, etc).
This is one of my top three sadly-neglected BSD commands everyone should know
more about, along with lam(1) and jot(1).
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