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Old 06-26-2011
Data Cleaning in a file

Hi ,

I have the below source data, I need to clean the data in 2nd,4th,5th columns.

Source Data

Target Data

Please give me some hints on how can i achieve this.

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Old 06-26-2011
Maybe a simpler solution will be enough?
sed  's/CASH_//g; s/LOAN_//g' INPUT.FILE > OUTPUT.FILE

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Old 06-26-2011
HI Yazu,

Thanks,simple and great solution.

Can you please explain me the code as I don't know the sed I just want to know how this is stripping off the additional characters.

And if I want to limit the code to search in specific records like in awk we will write like
awk '$1=="RECORD" then apply the logic else not

how can we do this in sed.

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Old 06-26-2011
Hey ,

What if the 2nd,4th,5th column names are changing dynamically, do we need to write the code for that many dynamic names are is there any aautomated way to do it..,just interested to know if this is possible.

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Old 06-26-2011
@ mora It's very simple.
sed applies its commands to each line of input. In this case it's
it's means substitute(s) on each line SOMETHING to ANOTHER everywhere (globally - g flag) in the line. There are maybe several commands, they separated with ";"

In out case we apply two commands on each line and ANOTHER is nothing: 's/CASH_//g; s/LOAN_//g'

It may fail if there are another CASH_ or LOAN_ which shouldn't be deleted.

@ wangkc I really didn't understand your question. Sorry English is not my native language (as you can see, of course Smilie )
# 6  
Old 06-26-2011
Hey yazu,

Sorry if I confused you,I was asking if I have the below source data , do I need to repeat the sed command for that many occurrence or is there any alternate way.

sed  's/CASH_//g; s/LOAN_//g';s/ABC_//g' ;s/XYZ_//g' ;s/123_//g' ;s/ZSX_//g' INPUT.FILE > OUTPUT.FILE

# 7  
Old 06-26-2011
Hi Yazu,

I want to apply the logic,only if the first column is equal to RECORD,not for all the records in the file,how can I do this in sed.

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