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Join with awk using sprintf


Trying to join 2 files with awk (file1 has variable number of fields; file 2 has constant number of fields)



What I tried so far:
gawk -F '|' 'NR==FNR{for(i=2; i<=NF; i++){a[$1]=sprintf("%s|", $i);next}{print $1 FS $2 FS $3 FS a[$1]}' file1 file2

The files join but only with 4 fields (it only takes $2 of file1):

Same problem with:
gawk -F '|' 'NR==FNR{for(i=2; i<=NF; i++){a[$1]=$i;next}{printf("%s\n", $1 FS $2 FS $3 FS a[$1]}' file1 file2

Do you have an idea how to join the 2 files without printing $1 of file 1 and with all the leading fields?
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How about
awk 'NR==FNR {T[$1]=$0; sub($1"\|", "", T[$1]); next} {print $0, T[$1]} ' FS=\| OFS=\| file1 file2

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You could also try:
awk -F'|' 'FNR==NR{s=$1;$1="";d[s]=$0;next}{print $0 d[$1]}' OFS='|' file1 file2

which avoids adding the unwanted trailing | on lines to file2 that don't have an entry in file1 produced by RudiC's suggestion. It produces the output:

If you want to try either of these awk scripts on a Solaris/SunOS system, change awk to /usr/xpg4/bin/awk.
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I see the trick. it works great !

Thanks Don Cragun and RudiC !

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