dos equivalent of "cut" command?

dos equivalent of "cut" command?

Post by Amey » Fri, 24 Aug 2007 22:49:38


I am trying to cut a specific column from a piece of text that I get
as an output through piping. I know that in Linux the "cut" command
does the trick but I do not know what is the command for that in DOS
or if I can do it in dos command line. It would be great if anyone can
help me in this.

The command is as follows:

type abc.txt | find "Hello" | (I don't know what command to use to cut
a specific column)

Thanks in advance


dos equivalent of "cut" command?

Post by Robert Rie » Fri, 24 Aug 2007 23:21:38

A 16-bit `cut' for DOS is here:

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dos equivalent of "cut" command?

Post by Matthias T » Sat, 25 Aug 2007 00:52:56

You are posting from wndows XP, so you might take "for /f" for column parsing.
See for /?

Or since you are used to use cut - use cut ;-) via cygwin or a windows port
like in unxutils


dos equivalent of "cut" command?

Post by Ted Davi » Sat, 25 Aug 2007 05:49:49

cut for Windows, and when you say DOS, I assume you mean Win32, is part
of the CoreUtils package from GnuWin32:
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dos equivalent of "cut" command?

Post by Terenc » Sat, 25 Aug 2007 08:14:01

As I read your posting, you have ended up with a block of ascii text
as a result of piping operationes from DOS command line instructions.

You want to eliminate a column from the lines of resulting text (i.e.
the nth character in each row line)..

I use WORDSTAR exclusively, and I can do what you want by first
switching on column mode editing with ^KN (a toggle), then select the
column or columns with ^KB before the first column on the first line
and ^KK after the end column on the last line to be affected.
Then I can cut the block of columns with ^KY, or cut and paste with
to somehwere else with ^KV.

These facilities are also in Vedit.

dos equivalent of "cut" command?

Post by Ted Davi » Sat, 25 Aug 2007 10:14:24

And in UltraEdit and many other editors that are equally useless in a
batch file or from the command line.

Personally, I almost always use a text editor (UltraEdit) for column and
awk scripts for field isolation.


dos equivalent of "cut" command?

Post by Amey » Sat, 25 Aug 2007 17:34:20

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for your replies. I have downloaded Cygwin and I can use all
the unix commands in windows environment now.


dos equivalent of "cut" command?

Post by Ted Davi » Sat, 25 Aug 2007 21:54:53

Be aware that Cygwin, while useful, is not a real solution in the Windows
environment - for one thing, some of the utilities are not up to current
feature standards (I recently got bitten by Cgwin's head which doesn't
recognize the byte offset switch). The real solution is the GnuWin32
collection of utilities. These are native Windows programs and use
Windows conventions (mostly) for file names and the like. If you need
bash, use Cygwin, otherwise use the GnuWin32 utilities (the ones that
don't work in windows mostly don't work in Cygwin either because the
problem is lack of support in the underlying operating system).


dos equivalent of "cut" command?

Post by Alejandro » Fri, 31 Aug 2007 09:03:14

n 2007-08-23, Ameya < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote:
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