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# 1  
Old 10-27-2009
Append file

Hello all,

I require assistance in combining files.
This is the scenario: I've got lots of files which contain one column in each file and would like to combine the files into one so that the contents of the file can be sorted.

For example,

File 1 File 2 ...
a d
b e
c f

Desired output;

File 3
a
b
c
d
e
f

I tried paste/cat but the output (as follows) is not what I wanted)

File 3
a d
b e
c f

Any suggestions?

Thanks.
# 2  
Old 10-27-2009
This always works for me Smilie Give it a shot
cat file1 file2 >> file3
Smilie
# 3  
Old 10-27-2009
Thanks red dove!

I just found out that it works using 'cat'.

cat file1 file2 > file 3 # appends content of the files in a single column

Paste however, appends contents by column.

paste file1 file2 > file 3
# 4  
Old 10-27-2009
I don't recommend cut/paste. That screws up files sometimes if the files have ascii ending characters at the end of line
# 5  
Old 10-27-2009
Pls. Delete

Last edited by deindorfer; 10-27-2009 at 07:35 PM..
# 6  
Old 10-27-2009
Code:
$> cat file1
a
b
y
r
i
d
c

$> cat file2
d
e
f

$> cat file3
g
h
l

Code:
$> sort file[123]
a
b
c
d
d
e
f
g
h
i
l
r
y


Last edited by Scrutinizer; 10-28-2009 at 04:13 AM..
# 7  
Old 10-28-2009
@scrutinizer: Sure, there are several different ways to get that done, I just suggested most basic solution, which works with any shell/ any flavor.

@deindorfer: What are you suggesting to delete? The thread itself? Or the suggestions?
 

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