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Old 08-18-2013
awk or sed help

Hi Help,

I hope you guys are doing good!

I have an input file which looks like

11 12 13 16 17 |$678.09 78 p|
11 12 13 16 17 |     8.09278 p|
11 12 13 16 17 |3678             |

I want the op file to look like

i.e only to print the characters within |&|(within the pipes) and to replace all the blank space within pipe by 0.The number of chars within th pipe are constant and here it is 11.

Is it possible.?

Thanks a lot in advance

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Mod Comment Having multiple adjacent spaces in your input and not using CODE tags makes it impossible for readers of this thread to understand what you are trying to do. You have been asked to use CODE tags multiple times and seem to think it is OK to ignore this request to make it possible for the volunteers reading your posts to clearly see what you are talking about.
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Last edited by Don Cragun; 08-18-2013 at 06:52 AM.. Reason: Added CODE tags.
# 2  
Old 08-18-2013
Some like this?
One space "" is replaced by one 0
In your output you have multiple 0, not sure why.

awk -F\| '{gsub(/ /,"0");print $2} END {print "\n"}' ORS= file

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Old 08-18-2013
Please use code tags as required by forum rules!

The number of chars within the pipe is not constant and it is not 11. Your output does not meet your requirements.

awk -F\| '{gsub(/ /,"0",$2); printf "%s", $2} END {printf"\n"}' file

EDIT: Tried to interpret your desired output a bit more; still it doesn't fit what you require, but try:
awk -F\| '{$2=sprintf ("%-11s", $2); gsub(/ /,"0",$2); printf "%s", $2} END {printf"\n"}' file

Last edited by RudiC; 08-18-2013 at 07:57 AM.. Reason: typo
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Old 08-18-2013
Thanks to both RudiC and Jotne for helping out!!!
Have a great day1!
# 5  
Old 08-18-2013
Jotne and RudiC were confused because the original posting in this thread did not originally contain CODE tags. I have added CODE tags for you, but I agree with RudiC; the number of characters between the pipe symbols in your input lines is not a constant and is not 11 in any of your sample input lines. The number of characters between the pipe symbols is 12, 14, and 17 characters, respectively.

Replacing each space in your input with a "0" and adding a <newline> at the end produces the output:

which is similar to, but certainly not the same as the output you said should be produced:

The characters printed in red do not appear in what you say the output should be. I don't see a clear pattern to describe what spaces you want converted to zeros and what spaces you want to be deleted.
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