Changing Field Separaton in NAWK

Posted on 2004-10-06
Last Modified: 2006-11-17

I have a tab delimited file called 'data.5'.  I need to change it from tab delimited to ':' delimited.


nawk -F ":" { print } data.5 >

Where am I going wrong?

Question by:elwayisgod
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I'm getting closer,  however this just puts the colons on the end.  Can I even do this with NAWK?

nawk -F: '{ print $1"\:",$2"\:",$3"\:",$4 }' data.5 >

broncos:/Users/stoteve/regis/week5 46 % more
Dunny      John      303-555-1212      Utah: : :
Knox      Bill      402-498-7890      Nebraska: : :
Jones      Mary      908-456-1243      Montana: : :
Smith      Barb      319-456-2390      Utah: : :
Utah      Hank      301-494-1009      Wyoming: : :
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nawk -F "\t" { print } data.5 >
(-F is the file seperator char used in the _input_ file)

syntax is fine
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As for
nawk -F: '{ print $1"\:",$2"\:",$3"\:",$4 }' data.5 >

Two things:
It's looking for an IFS of ":"; And doesn't find it, so $1 is the whole line, "Dunny     John     303-555-1212     Utah"; $2-4 are undefined.

Plus, if you seperate the output fields with "," nawk will substitute the OFS anyway; So you would get
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Tested with Gnu awk, but I'm confident it will work with nawk ;-)

awk -F"\t" 'BEGIN {OFS=":"} {print $1,$2,$3}' data.5 >
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tfewster earned 50 total points
ID: 12246269
Oops, missed $4
awk -F"\t" 'BEGIN {OFS=":"} {print $1,$2,$3,$4}' data.5 >

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