markush, I could get the perl script to run on some files, but not on others and I couldn't see what the difference between the ones that worked and the ones that didn't
allend, so far your sed script has worked on all the files I run
I just had to figure out the character count to my bad column
grail, I can do a little awk, a little sed, and a little bash, this was the first time I tried perl and wasn't to lucky. I'm a little skitzy about adding another scripting language.