sed and comma-delimited file

Brooks Davis brooks at
Tue Sep 19 09:35:59 PDT 2006

On Tue, Sep 19, 2006 at 12:26:54PM -0400, SigmaX asdf wrote:
> Yo;
> I have a series of comma-delimited text files with fourteen columns of
> data and several hundred rows.  I want to use a short shell script to
> strip them of the last 9 columns, leaving the same file but with just
> five of its columns.  I can do it in C++, but that seems like
> overkill.  How would I go about doing it with sed or a similar
> utility?

See cut(1):

cut -d, -f1,2,3,4,5

-- Brooks
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