Printout a list of field numbers from a CSV file with headers as first line.

sed 's/,/\n/g;q' file.csv | nl
Take the header line from a comma-delimited CSV file and enumerate the fields. . First sed replaces all commas with newlines s/,/\n/g Then sed quits (q) after the first line. Finally, nl numbers all the lines
Sample Output
$ cat file.csv 
First Name,Family Name,Occupation

$ sed 's/,/\n/g;q' file.csv | nl
     1	First Name
     2	Family Name
     3	Occupation

By: flatcap
2015-08-26 11:38:56

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What Others Think

I like how compact this is, but note that on BSD (which includes OSX), you cannot include "\n" in the replacement string. AFAIK, you have to do this instead: sed 's/,/\ /g;q' /tmp/customer.csv | nl
gregono · 61 weeks and 2 days ago
Here's a better formatted version since I cannot edit my comment above: > sed 's/,/\ /g;q' file.csv | nl Note that you need to literally enter a newline in the shell to continue to the next line of the command.
gregono · 61 weeks and 2 days ago
any new recent updates with the forum??
Killersmile · 42 weeks and 2 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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