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Old 11-20-2009
remove last 4 characters from a string

I'm tring to remove the last 4 characters from strings in a file i.e.

cat /tmp/test

so i would end up with the last 4 characters from each of the above i.e.

I thought of using cut -c ... but I'm not sure how many characters will precede the important "Last 4 characters i need".

Thanks for your help!
# 2  
Old 11-20-2009
You want to remove the last four characters or keep them?

You say remove them, then say:
so i would end up with the last 4 characters from each of the above
sed "s/....$//" file1

sed "s/.*\(....$\)/\1/" file1

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Old 11-20-2009
while read -r line
  echo ${line:(-4)}
done < "file"

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# 4  
Old 11-20-2009
or AWK
awk '{print substr($0,(length($0)-3))}' FILE

Last edited by danmero; 11-20-2009 at 11:26 AM.. Reason: Change [CODE] to [B]
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# 5  
Old 11-20-2009
while read line; do
  echo ${line%????}
done < infile

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awk '{sub(/....$/,"")}1' infile

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rev infile23|cut -c5-|rev

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# 6  
Old 11-20-2009
Originally Posted by Scrutinizer

rev infile23|cut -c5-|rev

Enough already! You need to get out more ;-)

ps: nice!
# 7  
Old 11-20-2009
Thanks Smilie, but actually all my examples are wrong because of the OP's first sentence. Oh well... I probably should get out more Smilie
rev infile23|cut -c-4|rev

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