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Old 04-12-2019
How to copy a column of multiple files and paste into new excel file (next to column)?

I have data of an excel files as given below,
org1_1	1	1	2.5	100
org1_2	1	2	5.5	98	
org1_3	1	3	7.2	88

org2_1	1	1	2.5	100
org2_2	1	2	5.5	56	
org2_3	1	3	7.2	70

I have multiple excel files as above shown.

I have to copy column 1, column 4 and paste into a new excel file as below shown format (next to column),
org1_1	100	org2_1	100	org3_1	55 ....... 
org1_2	98	org2_2	56	org3_2	62 .......
org1_3	88	org2_3	70	org3_3	72 .......

I have used the following command, but it paste the selected columns next row of each selected data,
for file in *.xls
   awk '{print $1,$4}' *.xls > concate.xls

Therefore, please help me to do the same.
Thanks in advance.

Last edited by dineshkumarsrk; 04-12-2019 at 08:59 AM..
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Old 04-12-2019
Could you please try following, since I am posting it from mobile so couldn't test it.
awk '{a[FNR]=a[FNR]?a[FNR] OFS $1 OFS $4:$1 OFS $4} END{val=length(a); for(i=1;i<=val;i++){print a[i]}}'  *.xls

R. Singh

Last edited by RavinderSingh13; 04-12-2019 at 10:41 AM..
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Old 04-12-2019
Dear Singh,
I am not getting output.
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Old 04-12-2019
Your sample output shows you might intend to paste fields 1 and 5, not 4. And, your code snippet will print fields 1 and 4 only, for all .xls files in your current working directory, and repeat that for the .xls file count in your current working directory, ervery time overwriting the target file, so only the last loop will persist.

Try this different approach:

$ cut -f1,5 file1 | paste - file2
org1_1    100   org2_1    100   org3_1    55 ....... 
org1_2    98    org2_2    56    org3_2    62 .......
org1_3    88    org2_3    70    org3_3    72 .......

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Old 04-12-2019
Dear Rudic,
Sorry, I mentioned field 1 and 4 instead of 1 and 5. Your command works perfectly fine for 2 files, but i need to loop it for multiple files. Please let me know, how to do the same.
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Old 04-12-2019
I don't think that would work with *.xls. You should let us know which files to extract and to which to append.
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Old 04-12-2019
I have 30 csv/excel file, all the excel file has the data similar to the one I mentioned above. So I need to copy column 1 and 5 from all the files and pasted in a new excel file next to next column. All 1 and 5 columns copied from the multiples files to be pasted in columns wise into a new excel file. I need to have all 1 and 5 columns data in a new excel sheet.
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