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Old 05-02-2002
Question extract last word on line to new file

Can someone please help me with how to extract the last word on a line to a new file? I have a list of names like:

Ms. Nell D. Bullock
Mrs. Sherrie M Avent
Mr. Jerome R. Harris
Pandora Tyndall

I want the new file to look like this:

Thanks for any help.
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Old 05-02-2002
sed 's/[a-zA-Z]* //g' < inputfile
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Old 05-02-2002
The filename is names: I tried.
sed 's/[a-zA-Z]* //g' < names

and got:


Not exactly... but I think I can fiddle with it from here.
What does //g do in the command above?
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Old 05-02-2002
I got it...! I needed to remove the dots/periods first.
How could I have done this in one command?

sed 's/[.]//g' < names > names3
sed 's/[a-zA-Z]* //g' < names3 >names4
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Old 05-02-2002
Dang! I forgot about the periods. Try:

sed 's/[.a-zA-Z]* //g' < inputfile
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Old 05-02-2002
Thanks so much!
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Old 05-02-2002
awk is cooollll!!!!!! :D

Another handy way to get the last field per line in a file is to use awk.

awk '{ print $NF }' < filename > newfile


awk '{ print $1, $NF }' < filename > newfile

This will print field one and the last field as well.

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