I recently had the need to cut a fixed width text file at a certain column, and I had to do it in the Windows 10 world, without any particular utility.
In linux it would be rather simple, thanks to the cut command:
On my windows machines there’s always Perl available, and one alternative solution would be using one liner substitution:
but on my colleagues machines there are no particular utilities installed, so I had to create the following script:
it’s still possible to use a single line command, without the need of a
.cmd script, but firts we have to launch
the prompt with a special parameter
cmd /v which indicates that delayed expansion is enabled (it is disabled by default
to be compatible with MS-DOS 2.0 batch files!). After we launch
cmd /v the command becomes:
not really intuitive, is it? I think I am missing my teenager days when I used to program Assembly x86: that was complex, but for good reasons. Cmd scripting is still complicated, but for no knowns reasons! Also, please note that this solution is painfully slow.