create text tables from delimited files.

To create simple text tables to paste in emails or to use in any other document where you want to show a table, here is something that you can use. There is a perl module which provides “tablify“. And here is how to use it:

sudo yum install perl-Text-RecordParser

This will install a command “tablify” that you can use in number of ways. Here is a simple example to use it. You can read the man pages to see how you can use it.

: tmp ; cat < b.tab 
1	2001
2	3001
3	5001
4	1001
EOF

: tmp ; tablify --no-headers b.tab 
+--------+--------+
| Field1 | Field2 |
+--------+--------+
| 1      | 2001   |
| 2      | 3001   |
| 3      | 5001   |
| 4      | 1001   |
+--------+--------+
4 records returned

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