Print nicely in columns a chunk of text that is separated by tab

head filename.txt | column -t -s $'\t'

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By: NLKNguyen
2017-02-10 23:26:10

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    col_look(){ column -nts$'\t' "$1" | less -SN#2 }
    razerwolf · 2015-05-11 18:17:29 1
  • Something I do a lot is extract columns from some input where cut is not suitable because the columns are separated by not a single character but multiple spaces or tabs. So I often do things like: ... | awk '{print $7, $8}' ... which is a lot of typing, additionally slowed down when typing symbols like '{}$ ... Using the simple one-line function above makes it easier and faster: ... | col 7 8 How it works: The one-liner defines a new function with name col The function will execute awk, and it expects standard input (coming from a pipe or input redirection) The function arguments are processed with sed to use them with awk: replace all spaces with ,$ so that for example 1 2 3 becomes 1,$2,$3, which is inserted into the awk command to become the well formatted shell command: awk '{print $1,$2,$3}' Allows negative indexes to extract columns relative to the end of the line. Credit: http://www.bashoneliners.com/oneliners/oneliner/144/ Show Sample Output


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    col() { awk '{print $('$(echo $* | sed -e s/-/NF-/g -e 's/ /),$(/g')')}'; }
    tekniq · 2014-06-05 18:01:31 0
  • The exported TSV file of Google Adwords' first five columns are text, they usually should collapse into one cell, a multi-line text cell, but there is no guaranteed way to represent line-break within cells for .tsv file format, thus Google split it to 5 columns. The problem is, with 5 columns of text, there are hardly space to put additional fields while maintain printable output. This script collapses the first five columns of each row into one single multi-line text cell, for console output or direct send to printer.


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    awk -F $'\t' '{printf $1 LS $2 LS $3 LS $4 LS $5; for (i = 7; i < NF; i++) printf $i "\t"; printf "\n--\n";}' LS=$'\n' 'Ad report.tsv' | column -t -s $'\t'
    zhangweiwu · 2011-02-28 10:52:16 0
  • The exported TSV file of Google Adwords' first five columns are text, they usually should collapse into one cell, a multi-line text cell, but there is no guaranteed way to represent line-break within cells for .tsv file format, thus Google split it to 5 columns. The problem is, with 5 columns of text, there are hardly space to put additional fields while maintain printable output. This script collapses the first five columns of each row into one single multi-line text cell. new line character we use Line-Separator character (unicode U+2028), which is respected by gnumeric. It outputs a new .tsv file that opens in gnumeric.


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    awk -F $'\t' '{printf $1 LS $2 LS $3 LS $4 LS $5; for (i = 7; i < NF; i++) printf $i "\t"; printf "\n";}' LS=`env printf '\u2028'` 'Ad report.tsv'
    zhangweiwu · 2011-02-28 10:48:46 0

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