Program extracts any number of columns (and in any order) out of a machine readable table using the information in the metaheader. The program can be used to create a new table from the original machine-readable table that is Tab delimited and thus easily read into spreadsheet programs like EXCEL. The options flags that are Currently available are:
-c#,#,#,...,# : which extracts out the columns numbers given after the -c flag. Each column number needs to be separated by a comma
-d(tab|amp) : specifies the type of delimiter used to seperate the columns. Use tab for a TAB delimiter and amp for &s
-latex : outputs the data in a LaTeX/AASTex style table.
-p : print out the metadata header only
-help : print this help message and quit.
The last arguement has to be the machine readable file.
The syntax is:
extractcols.pl -opt1 .... -opt# file or extractcols.pl -opt1 .... -opt# file > newfile
to capture the output to a file called newfile.
Program has been sucessufully compiled and tested with Perl v5.6.0 built for sun4-solaris running on a SUN Ultra 10. NOTE YOU MUST CHANGE THE FIRST LINE IN THIS CODE TO POINT TO THE LOCAL VERSION OF PERL ON YOUR MACHINE FOR THIS TO WORK!