I'd like to use Unix column to format some text. I have fields delimited by tabs, but within each field there are also spaces. column delimits on white space (tabs and spaces). How can I make column only use tabs as the delimiter?
I was trying to specify tab as the delimiter using:
I have a problem with PuTTY: whenever I SSH into a UNIX computer using PuTTY on my Windows PC and I try to browse files, everything looks fine, but my tab delimited files appear to have spaces instead of tabs!
For example, when I open a tab delimited file in vim and use my arrow keys to transverse the cursor between columns, the cursor jumps across the tab gaps.
I almost always use the Insert spaces instead of tabs feature in gedit. The one exception is when writing a Makefile which requires tabs. I don't suppose there is a way to make this option dependent on the syntax being used? I.e. automatically switch back to tabs when Makefile is detected.