collapse first five fields of Google Adwords export .tsv file into a single field, for gnumeric

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'
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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2011-02-28 10:48:46

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