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Old 12-21-2010
awk question

I was just wondering ... what is the most simple and/or efficient way you suggest in awk, to "shift" fields to left ?

(let's say we are not interested by the N first field but we want to print all N+1 and more fields , until the end of line)

Of course i want to get rid off any potential leading FS (those at beginning of line)

Last edited by ctsgnb; 12-21-2010 at 05:55 AM..
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Old 12-21-2010
One way to remove the first 3 fields:
awk '{sub(".*" $3 FS,"")}1' file

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Old 12-21-2010
awk lack that shift command Smilie
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Old 12-21-2010
Originally Posted by ctsgnb
awk lack that shift command Smilie
Alas, no shift operator in AWK Smilie
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Old 12-21-2010
Yep, cruel lack of that shift thing
I was dreaming about a "kind of" work around like
$0=system (set -- $0 ; shift 3 )

but this will of course also fail ... grrrrr Smilie
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Old 12-21-2010
Yep , I think sub is the best option. Sub alternative:
awk 'sub(".*"$4,$4)'

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 12-21-2010 at 11:29 AM..
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Old 01-27-2011
awk question here is a suggestion

A bit longer but should shift and clear FS in beginning of line (start at field 2)
cat <file name>  | awk '{
    if(ftime == 1){
      out_val=out_val " " a[x]

Last edited by Scott; 01-27-2011 at 10:43 AM.. Reason: Added code tags; indentation
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