how to generate tabular (column) report from a text file

HI Experts,
Would like to generate tabular report from a text file using bash script.
Have attached the sample text file (test_job_tasks.txt) for reference.

Have attached the output Report (output_task_report.txt) format, that I'm requesting as well.

please help
test_job_tasks.txt
output_task_report.txt
enthuguyAsked:
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sachiekCommented:
You can adjust the numbers i.e column size according to your requirements.

awk '{printf "%-30s|%-18s|\n",$1,$2}'  test_jobs_tasks.txt > output_task_report.txt

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enthuguyAuthor Commented:
Thanks sachiek,

for some reason, I get attached output
output_task_report.txt
sachiekCommented:
Try this way.

awk 'ORS=NR%12?" ":"\n"' test_jobs_tasks.txt > output_task_report.txt
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enthuguyAuthor Commented:
Thx again, Looks better (attached the file for reference)

or is it easy to display only 4 fields
e.g
job_n_name
job_n_dependent_on
job_n_status
job_n_last_updated
output_task_report.txt
sachiekCommented:
Yes, lesser columns means it look better.


awk 'ORS=NR%4?" ":"\n"' test_jobs_tasks.txt > output_task_report.txt
enthuguyAuthor Commented:
Is it possible to pick the required fields pls? right now it takes the first 4 fields
sachiekCommented:
If you want that way first you need to filter out that with some kind of code like below.

while read line1; do
  read line2
  read line3
  read line4
  ...
  read line12
  echo $line1 <only put required lines to this temp file >  >> output1.txt
done <file 

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Once done then use above awk command.

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