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Question by sba
Submitted on 6/5/2004
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format the file with ^M , Condition is to maintain all the different spaces between each field.  Only format is postion 10, 11 should be subsituted with spaces.

Answer by Gus
Submitted on 8/27/2004
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Ignoring the first 5 words, and guessing a bit:

Most modern awks let you set FS="" which splits each character into a separate field.  Therefore:

{$(10)=""; $(11)=""; print}

will do the trick.  If this is not available, use substr:

{print substr($0,1,10) "  " substr($0,13)}


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