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Old 08-15-2011
Shell Script Problems, Lose formatting when copy pasting from formatted file.

Hello,

I'm having trouble with formatting some text via the terminal. I can get it perfectly formatted, but when I try and copy paste the text from the output file it loses it's formatting. Very frustrating!

Basically I have 7 files (data data2 data3 data4 data5 data6 data7) containing a column of information each. I merge them all into one output file, with a separate column for each input file using:

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paste data data2 data3 data4 data5 data6 data7 | awk  '{printf "%-12s%-12s%-12s%-12s%-12s%-12s%-12s\n", $1, $2, $3, $4, $5,  $6, $7}' > output
The result looks good in the output file and when the output is displayed in the Terminal, but when I copy paste from the output file into another file the columns become all jumbled.


I've also tried:
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pr -m -t data data2 data3 data4 data5 data6 data7 >| expand > output
I have no idea what to do to solve this, any help would be greatly appreciated.
# 2  
Old 08-15-2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by facetoe
The result looks good in the output file and when the output is displayed in the Terminal, but when I copy paste from the output file into another file the columns become all jumbled.
What's the meaning of "copy paste", not by command cp?
# 3  
Old 08-15-2011
Thanks for the reply,

No not by the command cp. I can't use cp in this case.

I was thinking maybe I can make the columns by inserting spaces somehow to hold the columns in place, but I'm not sure how to go about it. This is how the output ends up:

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TUE      WED        THU          FRI    SAT      SUN        MON
16      17        18          19    20      19        17
Showers      Morning   Mostly    Mostly    Afternoon Numerous  Rain
Early.      Clouds.   Sunny.    Sunny.    Clouds.      Showers.  Early.
Mostly      Mild.        Mild.     Mild.    Mild.      Mostly    Morning
Sunny.                  Breezy.    Breezy.      Cloudy.   Clouds.
Cool.                          Mild.        Cool.
Windy.                          Breezy.   Breezy.
But when it is displayed in the terminal it looks perfect. Is there a way to dynamically assign spaces to hold the formatting in place?
# 4  
Old 08-16-2011
This is a very good suggestion (from the forum rules):
Quote:
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# 5  
Old 08-16-2011
I think it is a simple font selection issue in the application window.

Please try using a non-proportional (fixed width) true type font.

OK
# 6  
Old 08-16-2011
Thanks for the suggestion ananthap but it didn't work.

---------- Post updated at 10:09 PM ---------- Previous update was at 10:06 PM ----------

Here you go yazu:

Code:
Hardware Overview:

      Model Name: MacBook
      Model Identifier: MacBook6,1
      Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
      Processor Speed: 2.26 GHz
      Number Of Processors: 1
      Total Number Of Cores: 2
      L2 Cache: 3 MB
      Memory: 5 GB
      Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
      Boot ROM Version: MB61.00C8.B00
      SMC Version (system): 1.51f53
System Software Overview:

      System Version: Mac OS X 10.6.5 (10H574)
      Kernel Version: Darwin 10.5.0
      Boot Volume: Macintosh HD
      Boot Mode: Normal
      Secure Virtual Memory: Enabled
      64-bit Kernel and Extensions: No
      Time since boot: 1 day12:44

# 7  
Old 08-16-2011
Smilie Well, Mac OS X would be enough (I thought maybe you are on windows with PuTTY or something like).
Do you get the "output" file on your local computer or you use some remote connection? If on the local one then why do you paste from terminal window and not from some editor opening your "output"?
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