use space as a delimiter with cut command


I want to use space as a delimiter with the cut command.

What syntax can I use for this?

4/22/2015 1:08:47 PM

Accepted Answer

cut -d ' ' -f 2

Where 2 is the field number of the space-delimited field you want.

5/3/2009 11:28:19 AM

Usually if you use space as delimiter, you want to treat multiple spaces as one, because you parse the output of a command aligning some columns with spaces. (and the google search for that lead me here)

In this case a single cut command is not sufficient, and you need to use:

tr -s ' ' | cut -d ' ' -f 2


awk '{print $2}'

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