NAME

dbcolsplittorows - split an existing column into multiple new rows

SYNOPSIS

dbcolsplittorows [-C ElementSeperator] [-e null] [-E] [-N enumerated-name] column [column...]

DESCRIPTION

Split column into pieces, outputting one row for each piece.

By default, any empty fields are ignored. If an empty field value is given with -e, then they produce output.

When a null value is given, empty fields at the beginning and end of lines are suppressed (like perl split). Unlike perl, if ALL fields are empty, we generate one (and not zero) empty fields.

OPTIONS

-C S or --element-separator S
Specify the separator used to split columns. (Defaults to a single underscore.)
-E or --enumerate
Enumerate output columns: rather than assuming the column name uses the element separator, we keep it whole and fill in with indexes starting from 0.
-N or --new-name N
Name the new column N for enumeration. Defaults to "index".
-e E or --empty E
give value E as the value for empty (null) records

This module also supports the standard fsdb options:

-d
Enable debugging output.
-i or --input InputSource
Read from InputSource, typically a file name, or "-" for standard input, or (if in Perl) a IO::Handle, Fsdb::IO or Fsdb::BoundedQueue objects.
-o or --output OutputDestination
Write to OutputDestination, typically a file name, or "-" for standard output, or (if in Perl) a IO::Handle, Fsdb::IO or Fsdb::BoundedQueue objects.
--autorun or --noautorun
By default, programs process automatically, but Fsdb::Filter objects in Perl do not run until you invoke the run() method. The "--(no)autorun" option controls that behavior within Perl.
--help
Show help.
--man
Show full manual.

SAMPLE USAGE

Input:

    #fsdb name uid
    John_Heidemann  2274
    Greg_Johnson    2275
    Root    0
    # this is a simple database
    #  | dbcol fullname uid
    #  | dbcolrename fullname name

Command:

    cat data.fsdb | dbcolsplittorows name

Output:

    #fsdb name uid
    John    2274
    Heidemann       2274
    Greg    2275
    Johnson 2275
    Root    0
    # this is a simple database
    #  | dbcol fullname uid
    #  | dbcolrename fullname name
    #  | dbcolsplittorows name

SEE ALSO

Fsdb(1). dbcolmerge(1). dbcolsplittocols(1). dbcolrename(1).

AUTHOR and COPYRIGHT

Copyright (C) 1991-2008 by John Heidemann <johnh [at] isi.edu>

This program is distributed under terms of the GNU general public license, version 2. See the file COPYING with the distribution for details.