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How do I set the appropriate number of tabs in an awk script?

How do I set the appropriate number of tabs in an awk script?

How do I set the appropriate number of tabs in an awk script?

I have an awk script that I'm using to print out the columns of a file and I have the column width set to 60 for each:

printf ("%-60s %-60s\n", value1, value2)

That works fine, but in this case, I want the fields to be tabbed, but obviously with a longer line X number of tabs will not keep them aligned.

Ex. ThisIsAReallyLongString

If I append 2 tabs, "ButThisIsNot" won't align with "ThisIsAReallyLongString".

How can I determine the correct number of tabs so the columns align? i.e. it would need to add 3 tabs in some cases, 2 tabs in others, etc.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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