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Old 09-02-2008, 01:20 PM   #1
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awk help

I am cutting some address fields from a text file and i want to read this address fields in my awk program. example of address file fields..

xxyy899891 James street London.

add1=`cut -c12-30'

when i tried to read this into my awk scrip it is giving error as 'long file name`. I found the error that when there is a space in the cut fieled i.e., betweeen James and street, street and London it is not reading by awk script. So how to read this type of fields into awk script.
Old 09-02-2008, 01:36 PM   #2
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In awk the default field separator is, like bash, [[:space:]]+

You can change this by the FS= directive in the BEGIN: section. Look in info awk for help.

The cut can then be accomplished with a call to, e.g., substr, which is also described in the awk (or gawk) info file.
Old 09-02-2008, 02:21 PM   #3
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If they are space separated you could just choose wanted columns with, say: "| awk {'print $2,$3,$4'}"


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