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cut -d"," -f1,5 file.csv > newfile.csv

Will return only the 1st and 5th columns of a comma-delimited csv file.

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Thank you very much for sharing this code with the community.  I learn a lot from shell-fu.  But you might want to document that this example will only work if your comma-separated values never contain commas.  Fields containing commas are quoted:

field_1, "hello, field two", field_3

Also, double-quotes in a CSV file are escaped with... double-quotes:

field_1, "I said, ""hello, field two""", field_3

I don't have a workaround, but documenting the limitation might be enough.  Maybe you or someone else will be inspired to provide an improved version.
Posted 2009-03-16 19:36:46
I changed code to
$ cut -d" " -f18,19 file.csv > newfile.csv
This saves column 18&19 in a SPACE (" ") delimited file to newfile.
Thanks for the original!
Posted 2009-06-15 15:16:25

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