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Old 12-12-2007
Setting the delimiter

Hello all,

How can I set TAB as the delimiter inside a script file that will manipulate another file? For example, let's say I have a file with four fields separated by tabs and each field has four items. Can I set TAB as a delimiter inside a script file or can I only do that at the shell?

Thanks for any help!

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Old 12-12-2007
this might be of help to you
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Old 12-12-2007
Originally Posted by Yogesh Sawant
this might be of help to you
The link only brings me back to mine. Any suggestions?

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Old 12-12-2007
IFS is the important delimiter variable. Not sure how you set it to being a tab though. Used for "read X Y Z" etc.
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Old 12-12-2007
You can set the shell variable IFS to tab
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Old 12-12-2007
Originally Posted by Trellot
The link only brings me back to mine. Any suggestions?

nice goof up, i meant to point here
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Old 12-12-2007
Ok, so I think I have the tab thing figured out...only thing is now that I can't seem to align the fields along the left side due to one word being quite longer than the others in the first field, for example:

Giants 2007 Finished last place
Reds 2007 Finished fifth place
Philadelphia 2007 Finished first place

Something like everytime I increase the control characters (%s) to align the Philadelphia line stays out of alignment increasing as well. What can I do here?

Thank you,

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