How do I split a single-line input into five lines?

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# 8  
Old 03-23-2014
The single line output is because of field splitting (there are no double quotes around the backquotes)..
@OP: try using Ahamed's suggestion like this:
output=$(grep -w "$input" list.txt | awk '

    BEGIN{ fmt="%20s%20s\n" }
    function prt()
         printf(fmt, "First Name:", data[1])
         printf(fmt, "Country:", data[4])
         printf(fmt, "Last Name:", data[2])
         printf(fmt, "Phone Number:", data[3])
         printf(fmt, "Country:", data[4])
         printf(fmt, "State:", data[5])
   { split($0, data, ":"); prt() }'  )

echo "$output"

And there seems to be a wrong quote indicated in red above.. And list.txt was used twice..

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 03-23-2014 at 07:14 AM..
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# 9  
Old 03-23-2014
Use -e with the echo in the above code as in echo -e "$output"

Or another approach


read -p "Please enter a name : " name
awk -F":" '
  BEGIN{ fmt="%20s%20s\n" }
  function prt()
    printf(fmt, "First Name:", $1)
    printf(fmt, "Last Name:", $2)
    printf(fmt, "Phone Number:", $3)
    printf(fmt, "Country:", $4)
    printf(fmt, "State:", $5)
  $1==name{ prt() }' name=$name list.txt

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# 10  
Old 03-23-2014
@ahamed101 and Scrutinizer

Thanks for the help guys. They both worked. Sorry for the silly mistakes, bash scripting and programming in general is rather new to me.
# 11  
Old 03-23-2014
awk 'BEGIN{FS = ":"; OFS = "\n"; ORS = "\n\n"}
  $1 == /patt/ {print "First Name: " $1, "Last Name: " $2, "Phone Number: " $3, "Country: " $4, "State: " $5}' patt='match_fname' file

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