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Thanks it works.Ill check it out if i can use this in my programme. I am trying to read a file which say has contents of ls -l in it,and extract the file names from it and add it to a database,so if a file name has spaces in it my script is failing.Ill try it out with cut.
EDIT: -f1,3 prints 1 and 3
-f1-3 prints 1 to 3
-f1- prints 1 to infinte got it thanks.
It would be nice to know how to do the same using awk and print a range of columns.
Like pixellany, I do assume a basic understanding of awk.
The command given:
- sets the output field and record separator (OFS and ORS) to NULL, which makes sure that all is printed on the same line.
- prints fields number 6 up to the last field (NF holds the last field) on one line,
- the print $NF "\n" prints the last field and a carriage return (thus making sure all entries are on their own line).