Unix Tip #4573- September 18, 2013


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AWK QUICK COLUMNS


Most of the time when you use awk from the command line,
you're doing something simple like this:

ps -ef | grep netscape | awk '{print $2}'

To save typing, use this script when you only want to
use awk to print out one or more columns:

------------------- CUT HERE ---------------------------
#!/bin/ksh
# awkc - print out one or more columns

p=\$$( echo $1 | sed 's/,/,\$/g' )
shift
eval "awk '{ print $p }'" $*

# eof
------------------- CUT HERE ---------------------------

Now you can do things like:
ps -ef | awkc 2,1
or
awkc 1,2,3 /var/adm/messages*

This tip generously supported by: kbeer@dbna.com

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