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Old 07-31-2009
Need help for Cut Command

Hi All,
I am having a Line of 1600 characters in which each specifi fields have some values. For example 1-5 Firstname 6-8 Age and so on..
I am using `expr substr $line 100,7` to get values from the line and store in seperate variables..
The file contains 70000 lines. It is taking 3 hrs to complete the whole file.

Can anyoe suggest me to replace the above substr command with awk or cut command?

Also, Please tell me which one is quicker..substr or cut or awk ?
Please help

Thanks in advance!

Last edited by dinesh1985; 07-31-2009 at 11:48 AM..
# 2  
Old 07-31-2009
Can you post example data, or give a more detailed breakdown of what you are trying to achieve ?

i.e. Are the fields space seperated / how many fields are you trying to extract etc.
# 3  
Old 07-31-2009

Hi ,
Thanks for the reply..I am able to use the cut -c command and able to achieve my requirement. But Now I am facing a problem for sed -e command with cut command.

If I use
echo "SPACE    " | cut -c 1-10

I will get the output as "SPACE "
I donot need the white spaces followed to be printed. So I am using the command as
echo "SPACE     " | cut -c 1-10 | sed -e 's/*$//g'

. But eventhough i am using the sed command piped with cut -c ,the white spaces are not removed. Can anyone help on this.

Thanks in advance
# 4  
Old 07-31-2009
I thin awk will do the job alot faster. You can use the substr function in awk to parse out your data.
# 5  
Old 07-31-2009
Your forgot to give a space:
echo " SPACE " | sed -e 's/ *$//g' # Removes all spaces at the end only
echo " SPACE " | sed -e 's/ //g' # Removes all spaces. Front also

xx=" SPACE "
echo $xx # No space
echo "$xx" # With space
# 6  
Old 08-03-2009
Working after added a space in the sed command

Thanks a lot.. After adding a space it is working properly.
sed -e 's/ *$//g'

# 7  
Old 08-03-2009
Speed ? Use only awk substr+gsub or only shell builtin. Mixed shell + awk/cut/sed is slow.
while read line
     f1=${line:0:5}  # 1st char index is 0   {var:pos:len}
     f1=${f1%% *}     # remove last spaces
     f2=${f2%% *}     # remove last spaces
     echo "<$f1><$f2>"
done < inputfile

awk '{
gsub(/ *$/,"",f1)
gsub(/ *$/,"",f2)
print "<" f1 "><" f2 ">"
} ' inputfile

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