NAME

join_data_file.pl

A program to join two or more data files and concatenate rows.

SYNOPSIS

join_data_file.pl [--options] <file1> <file2> ...

  Options:
  -o --out <filename>       provide output file name, default file1
  -z --gz                   compress output
  -v --version              print version and exit
  -h --help                 show extended documentation

OPTIONS

The command line flags and descriptions:

--out <filename>

Provide the name of the output file. If the input files were split using 'split_data_file.pl', then the original base name may be reconstituted. Otherwise, the user will be asked for an output file name.

--gz

Indicate whether the output files should be compressed with gzip. Default behavior is to preserve the compression status of the first input file.

--version

Print the version number.

--help

Display the POD documentation

DESCRIPTION

This program will join two or or more data files, essentially concatanating the files but intelligently dealing with the metadata and column headers. Checks are made to ensure that the number of columns in the subsequent files match the first file.

The program will not merge datasets from multiple files; see the program 'merge_datasets.pl' for that.

This program is intended as the complement to 'split_data_files.pl'.

AUTHOR

 Timothy J. Parnell, PhD
 Howard Hughes Medical Institute
 Dept of Oncological Sciences
 Huntsman Cancer Institute
 University of Utah
 Salt Lake City, UT, 84112

This package is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the Artistic License 2.0.