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November 6th, 2013, 07:35 PM
I have a text file of all of my Google contacts and I'm trying to remove the 26th field from every line of the text file excluding the first one using a comma as a field separator.

I'm fairly certain that awk is the correct tool to use, perhaps by recreating the file minus the 26th field, but I've never used it and I've no idea where to start.

If anyone could help me it would be much appreciated.

Many thanks

November 6th, 2013, 07:54 PM
You could do it in a visual way by importing the file into a spreadsheet program, LibreOffice Calc or gnumeric, and use the commas as separators and then removing the 26th column.

You could do it with the shell command cut. Use something like this

cut -d , -f 26 --complement

man cut for more details

Lars Noodén
November 6th, 2013, 08:00 PM
Here's one way to do it in awk, too:

awk 'BEGIN { FS=","; OFS="," } { $26=""; sub( /,,/, "," ); print $0}'

Edit: it assumes no empty fields elsewhere

November 7th, 2013, 08:20 AM
Unfortunately there are empty fields, the cut tool worked fine and I normally prefer cli tools for this sort of work but importing it into a spreadsheet gave me much more fine control in a much shorter time so thanks for that suggestion, I didn't know you could do that with these files

Many Thanks

November 7th, 2013, 08:28 AM
You are welcome :-)

Lars Noodén
November 7th, 2013, 09:59 AM
LOL We should have thought of a spreadsheet, too.