Formatting the output of a script

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Old 09-15-2009
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Dear readers,

I have a script that counts the number of files in particular directories in my home location and displays the output. Now I have 13 directories in my home location. I am getting the output as :

Avishek_dir 13
Kunal_dir 17
Shantanu_dir 18
Arup_dir 12
Pranabesh_dir 19

like this
I want the output like
Kunal_dir ---------17

Can you tell me how to do it Smilie.

Thanks in advance .

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Old 09-15-2009
whats the diff...???both look same
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Old 09-15-2009
Originally Posted by vidyadhar85
whats the diff...???both look same

I want the directory name and the output to be distributed linear fashion, like in two coloumns .
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Old 09-15-2009
Pipe the output to:

awk '{printf("%-25s%s\n",$1,$2)}'

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Old 09-15-2009
use printf to print o/p
if you know the length of the longest dir name then you can easily format it if not calculate it and format
for ex:

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Old 09-15-2009
the length of the longest directory is 17 ... where to use that length ...Smilie
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Old 09-15-2009
then as Franklin suggested pass the o/p of your script to
script_name|awk '{printf("%-25s%s\n",$1,$2)}'

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