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This works fine, thanks. It is easy to understand also.
Now when I try to apply this to files with unequal number of rows I am facing problem.
If original files were:
x A1 y z
x A2 y z
x B1 y z
x B2 y z
x B3 y z
I would prefer
I think this will be difficult as 'awk print' will not know how many blanks spaces to put before actually printing the variable. Anyway please let me know if you great guys have a solution for this also.
Last edited by vijay_babu1981; 12-21-2010 at 12:13 AM.
This is more complex. The basic idea is to count how many fields have been previously added for each row number, and while the count of fields does not match the count of files (minus one) add spaces accordingly.
However, in order to have a correctly formatted table, I assumed the maximum length of the string in the second field to be 8 characters and every blank space added will be 8 characters length (see the format in the sprintf statements).
Wonderful, grail! It is the more compact version I was looking for, but I lost myself in the if/else condition approach. Just a little add-on to your code, to remove the extra spaces at the beginning of each line: