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Old 07-28-2009
Issues with converting Pipe delimited file into Tab delimited

My input file is Pipe delimited with 10 fields, I am trying to create a tab delimited output file with 6 fields from the provided input file.

Below is sample data

Input file

Expected Output file
(tab delimited)

abc        2         PIN         num
 bcd        2         PIN         num                            
 efg         2         PIN         num
 dbd         2         PIN         num                           

I am able to convert the file into tab delimited output using awk -F"|" 'BEGIN{OFS="|"}{print $1" , however the output file generated has issues for somoe records with NULL URLs(

Sample data from my Output file

abc        2         PIN         num
  bcd        2         PIN         num
  efg         2         PIN         num
  dbd         2         PIN         num

What I need is in the case of a blank URL it should be replaced by tab or 'NA'

Can some one please help is achieving the desired output file ?

Thank you

Last edited by Yogesh Sawant; 07-28-2009 at 12:51 PM.. Reason: added code tags
# 2  
Old 07-28-2009
sed -e 's/|/        /g' input_file

where the tab is input with: CTRL-v TAB


abc             2       PIN     num                   
bcd             2       PIN     num                           
efg             2       PIN     num                   
dbd             2       PIN     num                           

# 3  
Old 07-28-2009
sed 's/|/\t/g' filename

# 4  
Old 07-28-2009
Originally Posted by pasupuleti81
What I need is in the case of a blank URL it should be replaced by tab or 'NA'
Just a guess, though ...

sed -i 's/|||||/||||NN|/g' input.file

(then "awk as usual" ...).
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