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I need to manipulate one of my data files using awk command like this. How can I accomplish this using awk? Any inputs would be appreciated. Thank you.

`1) Get the no. of fields for each row.`

(a) If the count_of_fields = 'x' then assign a value to nth field in each row.

`1,x,A,B`

2,A,B,C

3,x,C,D

4,D,E,F,G

5,x,E,F

**

** :-

`1,1,A,B`

2,A,B,C

3,3,C,D

4,D,E,F,G

5,5,E,F

x- is the 2nd column where I would like to assign NR when NF=4

n - This is the 2nd column.

Answer

Your question is not entirely clear.

In awk, the built-in variables `NF`

and `NR`

denote the number of fields in each line and the record/line number, respectively.

To get the desired output from the given input, I would do the following:

```
awk 'BEGIN{OFS=FS=","}$2=="x"{$2=NR}1' test.txt
```

This replaces each `x`

in the second column by the line number:

```
1,1,A,B
2,A,B,C
3,3,C,D
4,D,E,F,G
5,5,E,F
```

**Update:** If you want to replace the 2nd column's content by NR if the number of fields equals 4:

```
awk 'BEGIN{OFS=FS=","}NF==4{$2=NR}1' test.txt
```

Output:

```
1,1,A,B
2,2,B,C
3,3,C,D
4,D,E,F,G
5,5,E,F
```

Source (Stackoverflow)

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