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format txt as table

Terminal - format txt as table
cat /etc/passwd | column -nts:
2011-08-31 02:08:20
User: kev
Functions: cat column
2
format txt as table

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Terminal - Alternatives
column -tns: /etc/passwd
2011-08-31 10:47:04
User: bashrc
Functions: column
Tags: column
23

-n switch keeps empty columns

If your distribution does not ship with a recent column version that supports -n you can use this alternative:

perl -pe 's/(^|;);/$1 ;/g' file.csv | column -ts\; | less -S

Change the delimiter to your liking.

cat file.csv | perl -pe 'if($. == 1) {@h = split(/;/); $i = 1 ; map { $_ = $i; $i++ } @h; print join(" ;", @h) , "\n"} ; s/(^|;);/$1 ;/g' | column -ts\; | less -S
2011-08-31 12:52:02
User: bashrc
Functions: cat column less perl
Tags: column
0

This version now adds a header with consecutive numbering.

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Useless cat.

column -ts: /etc/passwd
Comment by hdilemma 168 weeks and 4 days ago

wow - very useful - never knew that.

For csv files with semicolons use an escape of course: column -ts\; file.csv

Comment by bashrc 168 weeks and 4 days ago

nice catch! :)

agree cat can be made redundant

Comment by unixoid 168 weeks and 4 days ago

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