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gawk: Skipping intervening

 
 4.6.2 Skipping Intervening Fields
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 Starting in version 4.2, each field width may optionally be preceded by
 a colon-separated value specifying the number of characters to skip
 before the field starts.  Thus, the preceding program could be rewritten
 to specify 'FIELDWIDTHS' like so:
 
      BEGIN  { FIELDWIDTHS = "8 1:5 4:7 6 1:6 1:6 2:33" }
 
    This strips away some of the white space separating the fields.  With
 such a change, the program produces the following results:
 
      hzang    ttyV3 50
      eklye    ttyV5 0
      dportein ttyV6 107
      gierd    ttyD3 1
      dave     ttyD4 0
      brent    ttyp0 286
      dave     ttyq4 1296000
 
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