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paste one file at a time instead of in parallel

Terminal - paste one file at a time instead of in parallel
paste --serial file1 file2 file3
2010-10-27 08:17:41
User: alperyilmaz
Functions: paste
paste one file at a time instead of in parallel

paste one file at a time instead of in parallel


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You can use a simple cat to accomplish the same task:

cat file1 file2 file3
Comment by chay 234 weeks and 4 days ago

@chay, a simple cat will give you a file which contains the contents of the files in single line. I wouldn't post it if it was simple replacement for "cat".

please compare results of:

cat <(seq 1 11) <(seq 10 20) <(seq 20 30) <(seq 30 40)


paste <(seq 1 11) <(seq 10 20) <(seq 20 30) <(seq 30 40)
Comment by alperyilmaz 234 weeks and 4 days ago

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