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hpr0962 :: LiTS 004: paste

Merge lines of files with the paste command

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Hosted by Dann on 2012-04-10 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Part of the series: Linux in the Shell

Linux In The Shell aims to explore the use of many commands a user can run in the Bash Shell. Tutorials include a write up with examples, an audio component about the write up, and a video component to demonstrate the usage of the command.
The website is http://www.linuxintheshell.com/

In the fourth in his series Dann, shows us the benefits of the paste command:

The paste command merges the lines of two or more files or a file and standard in if a second file is not specified or a "-" is used in place of the second file. Consider the following two files. The first file, test1.txt contains the following lines:

a
one
three
cat
good

The second file, test2.txt contains the following lines:

tuna
blue finch
dogs
fish
eats

The paste command can be used to paste these two files like so:

paste test1.txt test2.txt

producing the following output:

a         tuna
one     blue finch
three   dogs
cat      fish
good   eats

Each line in test1.txt has been “pasted” to the corresponding line in test2.txt.

http://www.linuxintheshell.com/2012/04/10/episode-004-paste/ for the complete shownotes, including video.


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Comment #1 posted on 2012-04-12T18:01:45Z by computothought

Do it to it.

Applying what Dann has taught so far. http://www.instructables.com/id/Mixing-the-command-line-and-the-gui/

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