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Old 09-11-2009
Number of fields handled by awk

Hi Gurus,

Have a file seperated by "~" and no of fields is 104. When i try to run awk, it erros out.

awk: record `B~A31~T24_STF~~~2009...' has too many fields

Any idea how can i extract a specific filed with this many fields in a row.

Kindly help
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Old 09-11-2009
The limit of awk is 100 fields, the alternative is to use gawk or mawk.

# 3  
Old 09-11-2009
Thanks. Looks like gawk is not avaliable on th machine. Anything with sed?
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Old 09-11-2009
One way is not to use the ~ as fieldseparator and to place the fields in an array with the split function.
Should be something like this, play around with it:

awk '{
  # now you can process the elements array[1]...array[104]
}' file

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