Analyze awk fields

awk '{print NR": "$0; for(i=1;i<=NF;++i)print "\t"i": "$i}'
Breaks down and numbers each line and it's fields. This is really useful when you are going to parse something with awk but aren't sure exactly where to start.
Sample Output
1: foo bar this is line one
 1: foo
 2: bar
 3: this
 4: is
 5: line
 6: one
2: blah blah some other stuff
 1: blah
 2: blah
 3: some
 4: other
 5: stuff

2009-07-23 06:25:31

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Wow, how pretty's that.
flatcap · 621 weeks and 1 day ago
Very nice. ^_^
piXelz · 620 weeks and 4 days ago
Should be in the All time greats.
zlemini · 582 weeks and 2 days ago
This place is great because I can interact with other users when we comment about the commands. This is a great opportunity for Rushmyessay to share commands and to know the opinion of the other.
anderson377 · 23 weeks and 6 days ago
I had a task about analyzing awk fields and I am worried it will take a lot of time but then I found your code!
DanCypress · 9 weeks and 1 day ago

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