Bill East on 23 May 2013 19:51:20 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] 2013-05-21 PLUG W follow-up

On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM, Frank Szczerba <> wrote:
You could use field width specifies in the printf:

printf "%3d   %15s   %s\n" 4
printf "%3d   %15s   %s\n" 2



but column -t is pretty nice too.

That was nice. I had to make things more complex for myself so I pulled the length of the first (highest, because of sort -r) left variable and used that (+1) to define the first column's width so that if it exceeded 999 hits it wouldn't cause problems. Looking at the output in the end, the field width specifiers padded whitespace to the left of the variables, column -t padded right. So then it pretty much comes down to which you like better.

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