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Old 01-08-2013
Remove new line character and add space to convert into fixed width file

I have a file with different record length. The file as to be converted into fixed length by appending spaces at the end of record. The length should be calculated based on the record with maximum length in the file.

If the length is less than the max length, the spaces should be appended before the new line character of that record.

Input File:
Output file:
Here the max record length is 5

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Old 01-08-2013
awk 'NR==FNR{if(length($0) > maxlen){maxlen=length($0)}next}
{printf "|%-"maxlen"s|\n",$0}' file1.txt file1.txt

Once you are confirm with o/p then remove "|" from the above code
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Old 01-08-2013
This is another way of doing it with awk which works for me:
awk 'BEGIN{while((getline f<FILENAME)>0){if(length(f)>l)l=length(f)}}{printf "%-"l"s\n",$0}' file

Last edited by Subbeh; 01-08-2013 at 08:34 AM.. Reason: Edit: Never mind, pavin27's example works fine :)
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Old 01-08-2013
The command is working fine but when i redirect the output to a file at the actual end of record i am able to see Control M(^M) charater.

awk 'NR==FNR{if(length($0) > maxlen){maxlen=length($0)}next}
{printf "%-"maxlen"s\n",$0}' file1.txt file1.txt > file2.txt
Output file: file2.txt

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awk 'BEGIN{while((getline f<FILENAME)>0){if(length(f)>l)l=length(f)}}{printf "%-"l"s\n",$0}' file

The above code gives error as
expression for `<' redirection has null string value

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Old 01-08-2013
You need to use files that are in unix-format, not DOS-format. To convert:
tr -d '\r' < infile > outfile

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