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Old 10-13-2004
Question using sed and regex to reverse order???

so i have been trying to learn how to manipulate text on my own and have gotten stumped...

let's say i have a text file that says (highly simplified):

people ordinary

How would swap the order of the words..

I know i need to use sed and some kind of back reference but cannot make it work for the life of me..

thanks guys,

# 2  
Old 10-13-2004
It's a bit slow, but this'll do it

while read line
  count=`echo "$line" | wc -w`
  while [ "$count" -gt "0" ]
    echo "$line" | awk -vc="$count" '{printf("%s ", $c)}'
    count=`expr $count - 1`
  echo ""
done < input_file

EDIT: I should probably say that this assumes that fields are space or tab separated. You could modify the awk and add a 'BEGIN{ FS="blah" }' if the field seperator is something else.


Last edited by zazzybob; 10-13-2004 at 07:44 AM..
# 3  
Old 10-13-2004
this may be a little faster -
awk '{ cnt=NF  
        while (cnt > 0){
             printf("%s ", $cnt)
         } printf("\n")
      }' input_file


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