delete a field along with delimiter in the whole file

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# 1  
Old 11-01-2007
delete a field along with delimiter in the whole file

I have file with 20 fields and its pipe delimiter. I need to remove the 18th field along with pipe delimiter that seperates 17th and 18th field. In turn that means i want to make it now a file with only 19 fields. Can some body let me know how ican remove the 18th field from the whole file?
# 2  
Old 11-01-2007
awk '$18 = $19 FS $20 { 
	NF = 18 
1' FS="|" OFS="|"

For this use nawk on Solaris.
# 3  
Old 11-01-2007

can you please explain the code if u dont mind?
# 4  
Old 11-01-2007
Assign the value $19 FS $20 to field 18,
so filed 18 becomes field 19 | field 20.
Then (this works with some awks like GNU Awk and New Awk)
make the record 18 fields (NF = 18, number of fields is 18).
# 5  
Old 11-01-2007
Of, course,
you can write it like this,
if you wish:

awk '{
             for (i = 1; i <= NF; i++) {
                     if (i != 18) { 
                             printf (i > 1) ? ("|" ($i)) : $i
             print ""
        }' FS="|" filename

Last edited by radoulov; 11-01-2007 at 10:19 PM.. Reason: OFS adjusted
# 6  
Old 11-02-2007
based on radoulov's code

awk -F \| '{ $17 = $17 FS $19 FS $20; NF=17 }1' OFS="|" t1

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