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Re: don't print last field



adrian kok wrote:
Hi
how can I only get the previous field but not last
field from awk?

but I can't use print $1....$2

as there are different fields in different line

thank you

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As another posted, NF is what you want to play with.  Here is an example:

ls -l | awk '{ num = NF - 2 ; print $num }'

Please note that awk can use both types of shell variable notations:

With or without the dollar sign on an assignment.

So assign a value based upon NF WITHOUT the dollar sign, and print the value WITH a dollar sign.

Hope this helps.

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