Reverse even lines

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pesky awk-s - don't flush output  unless you explicitly close the pipped cmd
awk 'NR % 2 {print;next}; {print | "rev";close("rev")}' myfile

# for every EVEN line
!(FNR%2) {
   # initialize a temp var t to an empty string
   # temp var 'l' contains the length of the current record/line
   # iterate through the current line assigning the reversed chars to 't'
      t=substr($0,i,1) t
   # assign the final reversed record/line back to $0
# 1 in awk is default/shortcut to 'print' current/$0 record/line

Last edited by vgersh99; 10-30-2013 at 06:23 PM..
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try also:
awk '{if (NR % 2) {print} else {r="rev" ; print | r; close(r);}; }' input

# 10  
gawk / mawk / bwk variation to vgersh99's suggestion:
awk '!(NR%2){for(i=2;i<=NF;i++) $1=$i $1; $0=$1}1' FS= file

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 10-31-2013 at 05:40 AM..
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Thank you all for your help.
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