Analyze awk fields

tr " " "\n" | nl
translate and number lines is simpler and you use tr to choose your delimiter (eg for csv files)
Sample Output
 echo foo bar this is line one | tr " " "\n" | nl
     1  foo
     2  bar
     3  this
     4  is
     5  line
     6  one

By: dendoes
2009-08-13 14:36:18

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  • 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. Show Sample Output

    awk '{print NR": "$0; for(i=1;i<=NF;++i)print "\t"i": "$i}'
    recursiverse · 2009-07-23 06:25:31 5

What Others Think

...although this only gives the right numbers for the first line of the input. Maybe then for any text file you may want: head -n 1 filename | tr " " "\n" | nl
bwoodacre · 624 weeks and 6 days ago
I always use: fmt -1 as an easy to type alternative to: tr " " "\n" (it doesn't work for arbitrary delimiters, but I find it handy for splitting on whitespace)
ger · 623 weeks and 4 days ago

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