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Old 08-30-2013
Help with awk, where line length and field position are variable

I have several questions about using awk. I'm hoping someone could lend me a hand. (I'm also hoping that my questions make sense.)

I have a file that contains pipe separated data. Each line has similar data but the number of fields and the field position on each line is variable.
cheese64@server$ cat file.txt 


Using the example above, I need to extract specific data from the following fields. (Shown below.) I'm struggling because the data on each line could be in a different position.


Running a command like this works on the first line but not the second.
awk '{FS="|"} {print $2"|"$3"|"$5"|"$9"|"$10"|"$11}' file.txt

What's the best way for me to extract data for these fields?

Next, how can I print everything from x-field to the end of the line, when the number of fields is unknown (fields 9, 10 and 11, as an example). I'm sure there's a better way to get the last three fields, for example, without enumerating each field.

The following awk command gives me everything from $6 on but will also print $1-$5 again.
awk '{FS="|"} {print $2"|"$3"|"$5"|"$NF}' file.txt

Lastly, is there a way to print part of a field, followed by other fields? Using the example above, I'd like to print the following:


How can I cut the last four digits from the first field and continue to print the rest of the fields?

Thanks for the help -
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Old 08-30-2013

Could you please try following code. It should help you.

awk -F "|" ' {v=""} {$6=$7=v} 1' data_new | sed 's/[[:space:]][[:space:]]//g; s/[[:space:]]/\|/g'

Output will nbe as follows.


R. Singh
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Old 08-30-2013
the NF variable is the number of fields in current record. You seem to require $1"|"$2"|"$3"|"$4"|"$5"|"$(NF -4)"|"$(NF -3)"|"$(NF -1)"|"$(NF -1)"|"$NF
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Old 08-30-2013
Try this (partly stolen from scynesaver):
awk -F\| '{sub (/....$/,"",$1); print $1, $2, $3, $4, $5, $6, $(NF-4), $(NF-3), $(NF-2), $(NF-1), $NF}' OFS=\| file

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