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parsing 'last' or 'utmp' output?

I need to be able to extract information in fields produced by commands like 'last'(hostname, dates, etc) and other listings that use a variable number of spaces to align columns. I can't use 'cut' as I would when extracting stuff from /etc/passwd - the delimiter arg doesn't work when applied to the ouput from 'last'.
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spankCommented:
 Use awk.  e.g.

last | awk '{print $1}'

will give you a list of usernames.

last | awk '{print $3}'

will give you a list of hostnames.

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