Display TSV files with columns aligned

Tom Worster fsb at thefsb.org
Wed Oct 21 23:58:26 UTC 2009

Karl Vogel-3 wrote:
>>> On Tue, 20 Oct 2009 10:55:07 -0700 (PDT), 
>>> Tom Worster <fsb at thefsb.org> said:
> T> is there a cli command that lays out tsv files for display with a fixed
> T> width font?  that is, it figures how wide each column needs to be and
> T> pads each field in the file with a suitable amount of space?
>    http://www.cs.indiana.edu/~kinzler/align/
>    Align is a general-purpose text filter tool that helps vertically align
>    columns in string-separated tables of input text.  You can direct how
>    the columns are separated on input and rejoined in the aligned output.
>    It's great.

ooooh, that was close!

if only it had a way to truncate fields in a column that has a few really
long strings in it.

thanks for pointing me to it. i'll see if i can't figure out the script and
how to modify it to add this trick. (perl for beginners.)
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