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Column alignment

Posted by hycheah (hycheah), 17 October 2006
How do I print out columns and align them nicely?

huiyan        100
nate        50
katherine        80

which should be printed out like this:

huiyan             100
nate                 50
katherine           80

I tried
   print "$name\t$savings\n";
but it doesn't work. So does
   printf "%s %5d\n", $name, $savings;

I don't want my data to looked scattered.

Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 17 October 2006
Try replacing the %s which means 'a string with %20s, which means 'a string with a minimum width of 20 character positions' and is space filled.   Change the number 20 to suit what you need.   Make it %-20s if you want to left justify the text within the 20 positions.

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