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Old 02-14-2010
fixed length text file padding issues in AIX


I have a fixed length text file that needs to be cut into individual files in aix and facing padding issues. If I have multiple blank spaces in the file it is just making it one while cutting the files..


$ - blank space


Desired Output

filename:- 1234_A.txt

As per the below code, I am getting the output with just 1 blank space no matter I have any number of blank spaces in the actual file.
while read LINE; do
  echo $LINE | cut -c7- >> $(echo $LINE | cut -c1-6).txt
done < file.txt

current output:-


Desired Output

filename:- 1234_A.txt


Please give your ideas..


Last edited by Scott; 02-14-2010 at 01:27 PM.. Reason: Good idea: Code tags, PLEASE!
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Old 02-14-2010
Needs double quotes round $LINE in both places it is mentioned.
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Old 02-14-2010

Thanks this is working...

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