Convert a tab delimited/variable length file to fixed length file


 
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Convert a tab delimited/variable length file to fixed length file

Hi, all.

I need to convert a file tab delimited/variable length file in AIX to a fixed lenght file delimited by spaces. This is the input file:

10200002<tab>US$ COM<tab>16/12/2008<tab>2,3775<tab>2,3783
19300978<tab>EURO<tab>16/12/2008<tab>3,28523<tab>3,28657


And this is the expected output:

10200002 US$ COM 16/12/2008 2,3775 2,3783 <<17 SPACES>>
19300978 EURO 16/12/2008 3,28523 3,28657<<17 SPACES>>

Thanks,

Everton Silveira
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Code:
while read LINE; do
   printf "%s                 \n" "`echo "$LINE"| tr -s '\t' ' '`"
done < infile > outfile

Check the spaces inside vi with ":set list" maybe.
# 3  
Another approach:

Code:
awk '{$(NF+17)=""}1' file > outfile

Regards

Last edited by Franklin52; 12-19-2008 at 06:29 PM.. Reason: typo
 

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