how to fix the column length in a file using Awk Prog

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# 8  
Old 09-17-2009
awk '{
            print "Line::"   l
            print "Field1::" a
            print "Field2::" $1
            print "Field3::" $2 FS $3
            print "Field4::" $4
            print "Field5::" $5
            print "Field6::" $6
            print "Field7::" $7
    ' file
Line::1234567891XYZABC 13/08/09 00:00:00 67890 12345 67890 00
Field3::13/08/09 00:00:00

Post 1111 Smilie
# 9  
Old 09-17-2009
Hi danmero

Thanks a lot for your response and worked for us files with a delimiter as space. But in another case we have to use the same logic to read a fixed length file wherein in the above case

1234567891XYZABC 13/08/09 00:00:00 67890 12345 67890 00
the field length is fixed such as
Field 1 is 5 as length
Field 2 is 5 as length
Field 3 is 10 as length and so on

so the expected output is
Field 1 : 12345
Field 2 : 67891
Field 3 : XYZABC
i.e. the file should not be read with a delimiter and instead should read as per the length we specify as mentioned.

# 10  
Old 09-17-2009
Originally Posted by meva
Thanks a lot for your response and worked for us files with a delimiter as space.
Be welcome Smilie

Originally Posted by meva
But in another case we have to use the same logic to read a fixed length file wherein in the above case
That's another case Smilie where you should use substr() function, something like.
# awk '{
            print "Line::"   $0
            print "Field1::" substr($0,1,5)
            print "Field2::" substr($0,6,5)
            print "Field3::" substr($0,11,8)
            print "Field4::" "etc...... "
    ' file

Good Luck! Smilie
# 11  
Old 09-19-2009
Hi Danmero,

Thanks!!! It worked...
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