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Old 11-07-2011
need help with cut and paste command

I have a file which contains 3 fields separated by tabs example

andrew kid baker

I need to swap kid and baker using cut and paste commands how is this to be done?
Thanks

Last edited by Scott; 11-07-2011 at 04:08 AM.. Reason: Homework. Closed.
# 2  
Old 11-07-2011
Using printf

Hi, below is my suggestion.

Code:
input="test" #input stores the value of the "file" you will be using

while read a b c #creates 3 variables to store the value from the "file"
do
    printf "%s\n" $a $c $b #prints out all 3 variables in a format you want"
done < $input #indicate which "file" to carry out the function

This is a simple method to solve your query. Hope it helps Smilie
# 3  
Old 11-07-2011
Code:
awk '{print $1,$3,$2}' filename

# 4  
Old 11-07-2011
need to use copy and paste command

but my instructions for the exercise say to use cut and paste commands to swap the fields is that not possible?
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