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Re^5: Editing just one column in a file

by BrowserUk (Pope)
on Nov 30, 2011 at 21:12 UTC ( #940937=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^4: Editing just one column in a file
in thread Editing just one column in a file

Because $, is the character used when you give a list of values to the print statement, but you've used '.'s.

Ie. You're giving the print statement a single (concatenated) value, therefore the item separator is never used.

This might achieve your goal:

perl -lane '$,="\t"; print @F[0..4], "\t\t\t", @F[25..30]' file.txt

but "three blank columns" is a very nebulous concept.

Update: FTR, I might code that as:

print join "\t", @F[0..4], ('')x3, @F[25..30];

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