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Old 10-08-2009
replace position

my file:


i'd like to copy position 31-44, and paste onto position 3-16
i'd like to replace position 31-44 with 0 (zero)

my final file should look like this:


thanks in advanced.
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Old 10-09-2009


Last edited by; 10-09-2009 at 05:35 AM.. Reason: Link added
# 3  
Old 10-09-2009
With the solution above you should use a script to loop through the file. Another approach is:

awk '{print substr($0,1,2)substr($0,31,13)substr($0,16,15)"0000000000000"}' file > newfile

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Old 10-09-2009
i tested with awk and worked perfectly, but i don't understand substr routine. if you don't mind, explain. once again, thank you much.
# 5  
Old 10-09-2009
Have a read of this:

String Functions - The GNU Awk User's Guide

# 6  
Old 10-09-2009
thanks. this is a good start for me with awk.
# 7  
Old 10-09-2009
Originally Posted by tjmannonline
i don't understand substr routine [...] explain
See reference given in previous post.
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