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Re: Need help with 'cut' alternative

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: Re: Need help with 'cut' alternative
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 07:42:46 GMT

Hi Reed,

> I'm using "cut" to get lines of a file into another file. But cut,
> much like a word processor's "copy", leaves a copy of that cut line in
> the original file. Is there a bash command that *moves* the cut line
> to the new file, without leaving that line in the original? A true
> "cut", and not a "copy."

You can't do it as a simple shell statement with I/O redirection since
you want to modify/create two files.

Have you tried making two passes?

    cut -c 11-20 db >col2
    cut -c 1-10,21- db >db.new



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