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"cut" field delimeter

From: Mark Fenbers
Subject: "cut" field delimeter
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 13:34:08 -0400

I surely wish that the "cut" utility would make use of regular expressions
[regexp(5)] as field delimeters.  So many times I have to use "awk" where "cut"
would be simpler and quicker, but my fields are separated by more than one
character.  (Awk allows regexps in the -F switch.)  Something like:

    cut -d"[\t ,]+" -f1-3 myfile

would make "cut" infinitely more useful.  The example above would tell "cut"
that the fields are delimited by 1 or more consecutive spaces and/or tabs and/or


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