Slicing and Dicing on the Command Line
Apr 17, 2009, 00:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Peek)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"As you saw in last month's column (if you didn't see the
column, you might want to review it), to start a new line at any
point in plain text, simply insert a newline character. To join two
lines, remove the newline between them -- and maybe add a space or
TAB character to separate them. When a terminal or printer reads a
TAB character, it moves the current position to the next tabstop.
TAB characters are also used as field separators; you can make a
simple database with TABs between the fields and a newline at the
end of each record.
"Linux utilities can also reformat text that doesn't contain
TABs. We'll see examples of that, too.