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# 1  
Old 05-12-2008
cut in sed/awk

Can i have an example where i should be able to cut columns
(like for eg cut -c 1-3) in sed or awk.

# 2  
Old 05-12-2008
Using Sed,

echo "Testing" | sed 's#^\(...\)\(.*\)#\1#g'


# 3  
Old 05-12-2008
Using awk:

awk '{print $1,$2,$3}' inputfile > outputfile

# 4  
Old 05-12-2008
Hi Annihilannic,

awk '{print $1,$2,$3}' prints the first,second and third fileds of the current record.
But i think here the requirement is to print the first 3 characters of the record.
Please correct me if iam wrong

# 5  
Old 05-12-2008
use substr with awk

examples : search from the forum Smilie
# 6  
Old 05-12-2008
there is some problem in the first thread itself

cut -c doesn't stand for columns ... characters

It will specify u character position
# 7  
Old 05-12-2008
Ah, yes, so there is. No wonder I was confused. Smilie

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