To trim Certain field in a line of a file and replace the new string in that position

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Old 08-14-2009
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To trim 3rd field in for all the lines of a file and replace the modified string in that particular field.

For example i have a file called Temp.txt having content

So the modified file output should be

Soplution: I did like this

while read line
VAR=`echo $line | cut -f3 -d ','` ( VAR=M1234)
VAR1=`echo $VAR | cut -c2-` (VAR1=1234)

done < Temp.txt

So please help me how i will replace VAR1 inplace of VAR and got the output as i specified above..

Thanks in advance...

Last edited by Franklin52; 08-14-2009 at 08:01 AM.. Reason: E-mail adrress removed, all Q&A should take place in the forums
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Old 08-14-2009

You can use Awk:

awk -v FS="," -v OFS="," '{$3 = substr($3, 2)} 1' Test.txt

Last edited by Scott; 08-14-2009 at 08:35 AM..
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Old 08-14-2009
If you are freak of sed this will do..
sed 's/\(.*\),\(.*\),[aA-zZ]\(.*\)/\1,\2,\3/g' filename

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Old 08-14-2009

sed 's/[a-zA-Z]//g' file

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Old 08-15-2009
And shell version
# or bash
while IFS="," read f1 f2 f3 fx
       echo "$f1,$f2,$new3"
done <  Temp.txt

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