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RS(1)                       General Commands Manual                      RS(1)

     rs - reshape a data array

     rs [-CcSs [x]] [-GgKkw N] [-EeHhjmnTty] [rows [cols]]

     rs reads the standard input, interpreting each line as a row of blank-
     separated entries in an array, transforms the array according to the
     options, and writes it on the standard output.  With no arguments it
     transforms stream input into a columnar format convenient for terminal

     The shape of the input array is deduced from the number of lines and the
     number of columns on the first line.  If that shape is inconvenient, a
     more useful one might be obtained by skipping some of the input with the
     -k option.  Other options control interpretation of the input columns.

     The shape of the output array is influenced by the rows and cols
     specifications, which should be positive integers.  If only one of them
     is a positive integer, rs computes a value for the other which will
     accommodate all of the data.  When necessary, missing data are supplied
     in a manner specified by the options and surplus data are deleted.  There
     are options to control presentation of the output columns, including
     transposition of the rows and columns.

     The options are described below.

           -C [x]  Output columns are delimited by the single character x.  A
                   missing x is taken to be `^I'.

           -c [x]  Input columns are delimited by the single character x.  A
                   missing x is taken to be `^I'.

           -e      Consider each line of input as an array entry.

           -G N    The gutter width (inter-column space) has N percent of the
                   maximum column width added to it.

           -g N    The gutter width (inter-column space), normally 2, is taken
                   to be N.

           -H      Like -h, but also print the length of each line.

           -h      Print the shape of the input array and do nothing else.
                   The shape is just the number of lines and the number of
                   entries on the first line.

           -j      Right adjust entries within columns.

           -K N    Like -k, but print the ignored lines.

           -k N    Ignore the first N lines of input.

           -m      Do not trim excess delimiters from the ends of the output

           -n      On lines having fewer entries than the first line, use null
                   entries to pad out the line.  Normally, missing entries are
                   taken from the next line of input.

           -S [x]  Like -C, but padded strings of x are delimiters.

           -s [x]  Like -c, but maximal strings of x are delimiters.

           -T      Print the pure transpose of the input, ignoring any rows or
                   cols specification.

           -t      Fill in the rows of the output array using the columns of
                   the input array, that is, transpose the input while
                   honoring any rows and cols specifications.

           -w N    The width of the display, normally 80, is taken to be the
                   positive integer N.

           -y      If there are too few entries to make up the output
                   dimensions, pad the output by recycling the input from the
                   beginning.  Normally, the output is padded with blanks.

           -z      Adapt column widths to fit the largest entries appearing in

     With no arguments, rs transposes its input, and assumes one array entry
     per input line unless the first non-ignored line is longer than the
     display width.  Option letters which take numerical arguments interpret a
     missing number as zero unless otherwise indicated.

     rs can be used as a filter to convert the stream output of certain
     programs (e.g., spell(1), du(1), file(1), look(1), nm(1), who(1), and
     wc(1)) into a convenient "window" format, as in
           who | rs

     This function has been incorporated into the ls(1) program, though for
     most programs with similar output rs suffices.

     To convert stream input into vector output and back again, use
           rs 1 0 | rs 0 1
     A 10 by 10 array of random numbers from 1 to 100 and its transpose can be
     generated with
           jot -r 100 | rs 10 10 | tee array | rs -T > tarray

     In the editor vi(1), a file consisting of a multi-line vector with 9
     elements per line can undergo insertions and deletions, and then be
     neatly reshaped into 9 columns with
           :1,$!rs 0 9

     Finally, to sort a database by the first line of each 4-line field, try
           rs -eC 0 4 | sort | rs -c 0 1

     jot(1), pr(1), sort(1), vi(1)

     The rs utility first appeared in 4.2BSD.

     John A. Kunze

     Handles only two dimensional arrays.

     The algorithm currently reads the whole file into memory, so files that
     do not fit in memory will not be reshaped.

     Fields cannot be defined yet on character positions.

     Re-ordering of columns is not yet possible.

     There are too many options.

NetBSD 10.99                    January 1, 2016                   NetBSD 10.99