Is there an equivalent for wc -l to have the number of columns of a vim file? (I have a file with several rows and columns separated by spaces)
Considering that you have equal number of columns in all the rows, this should work for you:
Caveat: This will report the number of columns in the first line only.
Refer to awk manual for more options.
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Now while you move on one columnt, the other one scrolls so as if the first column overflows the text to the second column.