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# 8  
Old 08-16-2011
Yes the file is here on the local computer. I'm not copy pasting from the terminal window but from the output file. The output file is formatted correctly, nice neat columns, but when I try and copy from it and paste into another file it loses all formatting. I was hoping I could introduce spaces to separate the rows, but it would need to be done via some script as the data in the file will change everyday.

I'm trying to get this to display on my desktop with geektool, but it looks like geektool mangles the formatting in the exact same way that copy paste does. So I think it if I can solve the problem with copy paste, I will have solved the problem in geek tool. At least I hope...
# 9  
Old 08-16-2011
Mysteriously enough...
What the output of this command:
paste -d' ' data data2 data3 data4 data5 data6 data7 | 
awk  '{printf "%-12s%-12s%-12s%-12s%-12s%-12s%-12s\n", $1, $2, $3, $4, $5,  $6, $7}' |
od -c -tx1 | head

# 10  
Old 08-16-2011
It comes out like this:

0000000    T   U   E                                       W   E   D    
           54  55  45  20  20  20  20  20  20  20  20  20  57  45  44  20
0000020                                    T   H   U                    
           20  20  20  20  20  20  20  20  54  48  55  20  20  20  20  20
0000040                    F   R   I                                    
           20  20  20  20  46  52  49  20  20  20  20  20  20  20  20  20
0000060    S   A   T                                       S   U   N    
           53  41  54  20  20  20  20  20  20  20  20  20  53  55  4e  20
0000100                                    M   O   N                    
           20  20  20  20  20  20  20  20  4d  4f  4e  20  20  20  20  20

Except it gets a bit mangled when I paste it in here.

I've been playing around a bit and discovered that the formatting is retained when I put the output into a plain text file (even when copy pasting) but it still appears mangled in geektool. It must have something to do with how geektool reads files or something. Hopefully there is a workaround involving spaces or invisible characters or something...
# 11  
Old 08-16-2011
Everything is OK. It's better to use something like 'head -n30' to see that new lines are on place but I think there won't be any problem too.
Unfortunately I don't have Mac and I know nothing about geektool and other quirks on this system. Smilie
# 12  
Old 08-16-2011
Haha no problem yazu, thanks for your help all the same. I'm thinking it probably has something to do with geektool mangling everything. Quite annoying really because I spent ages figuring the rest of the script out only to put it in geektool and be back to square one!
# 13  
Old 08-16-2011
Could you also check the parameter for tab (\t) expansion. 3,4,8 anything else? It should be also consistent.
# 14  
Old 08-16-2011
I'm sorry anathap I'm not sure how to check the tab (\t) expansion. What do you mean?
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