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gawk: Merge N files into one

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# 8  
Old 05-16-2012
Originally Posted by sameeribraimo
And can you explain what represent 1 in the code: {next}1'. I tried 2,3,etc numbers and it works.

Thanks for your time but I am a zero in gawk
An awk statement has the form:

condition {action}

Conditions in awk control the execution of actions and actions are executed when the condition is true (1, 2, 3 or any value other then 0 or "" ).
If the condition is true and there are no actions between braces, awk prints the current record by default.

Try this:
awk 'NR==1{
  system("rm -f outfile"); exit
}1' file1.txt file2.txt file3.txt > outfile

# 9  
Old 05-16-2012
Thanks in advance.

If the files have the same number of columns it works fine.
But if any file does not have the same number of columns gives error

i have error:
'0 Is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
# 10  
Old 05-16-2012
I don't get any error.... try nawk instead of awk.
# 11  
Old 05-16-2012
I'm working on windows so i change:

  system("del -f outfile"); exit

and error is:

The process can not access the file because it is being used by othe
the process.

Last edited by Franklin52; 05-16-2012 at 03:34 PM.. Reason: Please use code tags for data and code samples, thank you
# 12  
Old 05-16-2012
I don't use awk in windows... but you can use the code of post #4 to check the columns of the files and the code of post #2 to merge the file.
# 13  
Old 05-16-2012
I've used gawk on Windows before, but I don't have it available now to play with. You could try using redirection within the script so you may close the file before trying to delete it, and/or storing the output in memory before dumping it into an output file. This shows the latter:

[mute@geek ~/temp/sameeribraimo]$ cat merge.awk
        print "output: " outfile
NF!=nf{exit 1}
END {for (i=0;i<r;i++) print a[i] > outfile}

[mute@geek ~/temp/sameeribraimo]$ gawk -f merge.awk file?.txt output.txt
output: output.txt
[mute@geek ~/temp/sameeribraimo]$ cat output.txt
a b c
1 1 1
2 2 2
3 3 3
4 4 4
5 5 5
6 6 6
7 7 7
8 8 8
9 9 9
10 10 10

# 14  
Old 05-17-2012
moving to Windows forum
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