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For example say I have a file called testfile.txt that contains a list of file names of the following format:

A       svn\New Text Document.txt
M       svn\Table_tblVersion.xml

Is there a command that I can pipe testfile.txt into such that the first 8 characters of each line is removed. The output I want is simply:

svn\New Text Document.txt
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I think that you may find the answer in this topic. – Jack Shainsky May 5 '11 at 9:39
It looks like windows command-line is not well suited for this task. Luckily I have the option of doing what I want in vb, so I'll be doing that instead I think! – David May 5 '11 at 10:15

You need to run the for command against the file contents:

for /f "tokens=1*" %a in (testfile.txt) do echo %b

It's nowhere near as versatile as cut in GnuWin coreutils, but it works.

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variable names don't match, otherwise works good – Sahuagin Sep 13 '15 at 19:40

I really recommend Powershell for such tasks. It's integrated with Windows 7 and you can download it for older versions of Windows.

The command is:

get-content testfile.txt | ForEach-Object {$_.Substring(8)} | write-host
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Step 1. Install Cygwin, UnxUtils or GnuWin32

Step 2. cut -c9-99 testfile.txt

If you must use a pipe: cat testfile.txt | cut -c9-99

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