[mesa-users] how to extract columns from existing log file

Robert FARMER rjfarmer at asu.edu
Mon Oct 20 13:39:57 EDT 2014

If you know the column numbers you could do:

awk '{print $NUM1,$NUM2...}' file

where $NUM1 is column numbers,
$0 is the whole line
$1 first column etc

If you want to skip the header then you can do this:
awk '{if(NR>2) print $1,$2...}' file

Where NR tracks the number of rows


On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 10:35 AM, Bill Paxton <paxton at kitp.ucsb.edu> wrote:

> Some unix wizard out there will have a solution for this one I'm sure.
> I have a monster history.data file (100s of MB) with lots and lots of
> columns, most of which are unneeded for my current task --
> it would be lovely to have a simple way to extract a small subset of the
> columns to create a much smaller history.data file.
> ideally, i'd give this marvelous tool a file with a list of the column
> names that i want and it would do the rest.
> and of course i don't want to have to do any work to create this tool for
> myself.  i want Santa Claus to give it to me.  now.  ;D
> Thanks,
> Bill
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