How to Use Awk to Print Fields and Columns in File

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9 Responses

  1. MB9000 says:

    Hey Aaron, thanks for the info.
    Do you have any tips for printing a string that could be random length with letters and spaces.
    A file path for example.

  2. lethargos says:

    What does “%-10s” mean?

    • Denny317 says:

      Hello Lethargos,

      %s means, substitute “%s” by given values in given order. In our case, first %s is substitute by first value ($2) and second %s is substitue by second value ($3). Sign ( + or – ) after “%” means, align to the left (-) or to the right (+ or nothing). There is a number after sign, its minimum length of string. If your data is shorter, there will be inserted spaces to fulfill the minimum length.

      I hope it will help you, even with bad english :)

  3. Shashank says:

    Awk with print f could not clear concept please tell and explain with more examples.

  4. K Raghunathan says:

    I thought the text editor kile or Kate has the provision you make column wise selections for processing. Of course, ask is terminal command which makes it different.

  5. Alex says:

    Nice article…Thank you

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