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Old 11-14-2007
Well, I don't really see the point. The first script You supplied didn't and still don't work because of how $line is passed in a script. Now You supply a solution using eval as I originally pointed out which is needed to get it to work and which You didn't mention before.

Well, You made it in ksh and introduced the shift using a function instead of a for loop. Or did I miss something else?

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COLRM(1)						    BSD General Commands Manual 						  COLRM(1)

colrm -- remove columns from a file SYNOPSIS
colrm [start [stop]] DESCRIPTION
The colrm utility removes selected columns from the lines of a file. A column is defined as a single character in a line. Input is read from the standard input. Output is written to the standard output. If only the start column is specified, columns numbered less than the start column will be written. If both start and stop columns are spec- ified, columns numbered less than the start column or greater than the stop column will be written. Column numbering starts with one, not zero. Tab characters increment the column count to the next multiple of eight. Backspace characters decrement the column count by one. ENVIRONMENT
The LANG, LC_ALL and LC_CTYPE environment variables affect the execution of colrm as described in environ(7). EXIT STATUS
The colrm utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs. SEE ALSO
awk(1), column(1), cut(1), paste(1) HISTORY
The colrm command appeared in 3.0BSD. BSD
August 4, 2004 BSD

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