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# 1  
Old 01-23-2009
Converting Single Column into Multiple rows

i have single column which is starting with same string(many number of rows)
i have to convert each into a single can i do that?

phone no

I have to convert above like below.

laknar|isd|phone no|address|amount|99
# 2  
Old 01-23-2009
This will create a blank line at the top of the output, but otherwise does what you want.

awk '{
  if ($0 == "laknar") {
    printf("\n%s", $0)
  } else {
    printf("|%s", $0)
}' inputfile

# 3  
Old 01-23-2009
I checked the script it just adding pipe before the each line.
shall i try this script

numcols=1 ## adjust to taste
while [ $n -le $numcols ]
printf "%s," $( cut -f "$n" "$file" )
} > file_col$n
n=$(( $n + 1 ))
# 4  
Old 01-24-2009
here every starting with string called laknar.
how can i acheive that?
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