Identify long lines in a file

awk 'length>72' file
This command displays a list of lines that are longer than 72 characters. I use this command to identify those lines in my scripts and cut them short the way I like it.

By: haivu
2009-09-10 05:54:41

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What Others Think

Might want to output the line number (NR) as well or instead.
arcege · 626 weeks and 6 days ago
To output line number (and why not file name?), use this: awk 'length>72i {printf "%s(%4d):%s\n", FILENAME, FNR, $0}' file1 file2 ...
haivu · 626 weeks and 6 days ago
Truncate all lines: awk ' print substr($0, 0, 72)}' file
dennisw · 625 weeks and 6 days ago

What do you think?

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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