How to Copy and Paste A Text File into Another Text File via Terminal
# cat textfile1.txt
# cat textfile2.txt
Core Version 9
Now, let us merge or combine two text files using the linux paste command
# paste textfile1.txt textfile2.txt
RedHat Enterprise Version
Fedora Core Version 9
CentOS Linux Distro
Making it permanent as file would be as easy as
# paste textfile1.txt textfile2.txt > output.txt
Did you noticed that the contents of textfile2.txt was merged with the data contents of textfile1.txt? Noticed also the fixed columnar width making the 2nd column word vertically aligned.
Merging two text file using paste could be very useful on specific scenarios of merging related data contents.
Here’s another scenario.
# cat test1.txt
# cat test2.txt
New York, USA
San Francisco, USA
Again, using paste to merge contents of first file and second text file
# paste test1.txt test2.txt
Citybank New York, USA
Citybank San Francisco, USA
BPI Bank Manila, Philippines
Citybank London, UK
If you want to insert a delimeter character between two columnar data or data field, that could be done using the same linux paste command like so
# paste -d”, ” test1.txt test2.txt
Citybank,New York, USA
Citybank,San Francisco, USA
BPI Bank,Manila, Philippines
Neat and nice, isn’t it? Hope you enjoy it, and oh, it was an old idea reminded to me by pinoyskull.
Merging two text files with a common field or column marker would be my next post, so watch out for it. And sorry for late updates, been very busy these past few weeks.
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