The Korn shell (ksh) is a shell with advanced scripting features, commonly found on commercial unices and some BSD systems but rarely used on Linux.

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Learning to use ksh88 in HP-UX [closed]

I am just a plain Linux user who played some distros since 2-3 years. Now, in the company I work there's an HP-UX server. And when I get connected to it I really felt myself like a grandma seeing ...
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KSH script missinterpreting alias stored in SQL oracle DB

I have stored the path of my file in a table with as an alias (as the complete path was too long for the table's field). However, in my KSH script, when I am doing : nomtmp=`sqlplus -S bla/bla ...
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Trying to compare a variable that is multiline in a if comparison

Here is the current file I am running: #!/bin/ksh -x export BIN_DIR="../../env" . $BIN_DIR/vdenv.ksh success="DROP CREATE TABLE GRANT" $worker_dir/runsql.ksh ddl X X > chnl_avt_v1.log ...
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ksh, perform action when reaching loop maximal value

I am looking to write a small korn shell script doing 5 tests (by waiting some time before each one) and then, if they all fail, performing an action. I was looking at doing something like : for ...
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Where is $_ defined by POSIX?

In the comments to the accepted answer to this Unix & Linux StackExchange question, it is stated that $_ is "one of only some 7 special parameters defined by POSIX". I can't find that definition ...
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Is there an advantage in using ksh over zsh? [closed]

Or are there any advantages for using ksh over zsh? Would any specific commands not execute successfully across the shells or are the major differences not command related, but something else?
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KSH while loop causing issues

Hi guys I'm getting this error message when running my KSH script: ./file.sh: line 16: syntax error at line 22: `done' unexpected My code is as follows: #!/bin/ksh # count=$# #count is ...
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How to reset the file descriptor

I was trying to use file descriptor for printing the lines in the file #!/usr/bin/ksh exec 3<&0 exec 0< file.txt while read LINE do echo “$LINE” done and I am done with my code ,it ...
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Print the last-but-one field

How to print the word before the last word in line (with ksh or awk or sed or perl one liner) Example 1: echo one two three will print "two" Example 2: echo 1 2 3 4 5 6 will print "5"
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get arguments passed and put it in an array

is there a way to make the arguments passed become the element of an array? I want to access those arguments individually through array. like this: ./script.ksh arg1 arg2 arg3 then it will become ...
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is there a “goto” like command in ksh

Here is my script: #!/bin/ksh #this is where I want to go again if user enter #an answer other than "yes or no" echo "yes or no?" read ans case $ans in [yY]*) echo "yes" ;; ...
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awk + print awk output in one line

When I run the following hasys command with awk , I get output with machines names as the following: hasys -display|grep Shutdown | awk '{print $1}' machine1a machine1b please advice how to ...
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Korn Shell: Show elapsed time in a specific format

In a log file, I need to print the Elapsed time, in the following format: "Process completed %s - Elapsed %s", <time now in HH:MM:SS format>, <difference from start date to end date in ...
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How to get the JSON STRING from the given string

I have a string given below. I just need to get the first accountHeader (bolded) JSON string, I tried everything.. It didn't work. Can you help me to get the data? <START ...
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Replacing a pattern with another between first and second occurrence of a pattern in file

Want the comma's (,) replaced by the alphabet u between the first occurrence of y till the second occurrence of y. Given below is the sample input file. 100y00893225900,008932259,06,2013,NOKIA Q ...
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perl one liners + match word and delete string after separator

I work with linux/solaris machines and I need to add some rule in my ksh script: Please advise how to match the password word in file, and delete the value password after the separator "=" with perl ...
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perl one liners + print line if match last word but with space

The following perl syntax will print the line in case line was ended with "DUPLEX" But Sometimes DUPLEX have one space or more as "DUPLEX " so in this case line will not printed Please ...
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Is this an array?

I'm currently looking at an existing script that have something like this: variable='val1 val2 val3 val4' Is this another way of setting an array? If not, what is it?
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Count number of elements in an array

I would like to ask if there is a way to count the number of elements in an array in ksh.
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Keeping the latest two version and delete the remaining

I have a list of files (say xsl format below) in one directory. I want to keep the last two version of all files. (I can delete the remaing files) {A}_1.0.xsl {A}_2.0.xsl {A}_3.0.xsl {A}_4.1.xsl ...
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Is there an equivalent to bash's “nocaseglob” in ksh?

I would like to do what is mentioned in How to match case insensitive patterns with ls? except for ksh. Is it possible to do it without any pain(regex)?
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Problematic quotations

#!/bin/ksh typeset FILE_SIZE1=$(stat -f '%z' test.txt); typeset -r BK_STATARGS="-f '%z'" typeset FILE_SIZE2=$(stat ${BK_STATARGS} test.txt); echo without arg var ${FILE_SIZE1} echo with arg var... ...
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Help with 64-bit integers in scripts?

Maybe I'm overthinking this (although I don't think I am)....or maybe there's a neater way of solving my problem ? I have a requirement that if a file is larger than 1GB, it gets split into smaller ...
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Truncating strings after a word in unix [closed]

I have a sentence Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, in the Kingdom of Württemberg in the German Empire on 14 March 1879. I want to truncate the above sentence after kingdom and look like the ...
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Crontab Triple Redirect

I have a very basic understanding of redirects, but I have come across a cronjob with redirects which I do not understand. 00 19 * * 1-5 /apps/app/scripts/doit.sh a np cron > ...
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Sort all directories based on their size

I'd like to sort all the directories/files in a specific directory based on their size (using du -sh "name"). I need to apply this command to all directories in my location, then sort them based on ...
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Quoting in command substitution

The command pdftk FileOne.pdf "File two.pdf" output Combined.pdf works as expected, merging PDF's One and Two. However, if I put the filenames in a file FileOne.pdf "File Two.pdf" and ...
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Display what has been copied by `cp` (using `ksh`)

I'd like to get output showing what has been copied by cp. The only problem is how to do it when I cp many files at a time. For instance, cp ./sourceDir/* $destinationPath/.
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What does Grep */* mean in KSH

In ksh, what does grep */*[myPattern] mean?
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Replicate a directory and file names n times

I have folder which has some data (files) in that with the name 201311261418 And a file 201311261418.eob In my scenario I need to replicate this folder and file names n times with the appended ...
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cp all files and subdirectories in a directory ksh

How can I do a cp to copy all files including all sub-directories in the current directory. I looked at the man page, but I can't figure out how to do it.
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Change value of a strings representing number

I have the following expression : a="2013" How can I change the value of a to "2012".
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Grep pattern in ksh [duplicate]

a small question regarding grep. I'm doing : find . -type d And I have three directories : ./backup-2013-11-27 ./backup-2013-11-26 ./backup-2013-11-28 If I only want to retrieve the one from ...
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Test what cd has done ksh

I'm facing a small issue here. I'm doing : cd $(find . -type d | grep "${4:0:4}.*${4:4:2}.*${4:6:2}") $4 is a data entered from the user. However, if the user doesn't respect the format to enter, ...
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ksh if with several conditions

I'd like to know what's the syntax for this kind of if in ksh : if [[ $tmpEngine != "a" || $tmpEngine != "b" || $tmpEngine != "s" ]]; then ... fi Actually, my code doesn't work, what's the ...
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Remove all files created before a certain date

I have a directory containing a high number of files (like logs for every day of the year). I would like to remove all files created before let's say 22/11. How can I achieve that ? Must I use find ...
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Sorting with command ls in unix (ksh) [closed]

I'm wondering how does the sort works with ls. For example: ls - lrt tri par date ls - lSr par size, ... However I don't see how this pattern works.
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KSH : cp only based on file size

I would like to write a small script copying from a directory A to directory B all the files with the .log extension. So in my directory A, I've : ls : a.log b.log c.log Here is the pseudo-code I ...
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KSH conventions scripting [closed]

I'm writing scripts in ksh atm. I'd like to know if there is any "conventions" as for example, always doing "unset" before using a variable, or using typeset to define a new variable, etc.
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Changing the current directory using a script (ksh)

I'm launching my script from echo $PWD ---> /x. I want my script to change my current directory. So my script contains +- this : cd /y exit 0 However, when my script ends, I'm stils in echo $PWD ...
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Using variable in KSH function

I tried to have a switch if either an option is set or not while getopts "s:u:d:e:ch" _OPTION; do case $_OPTION in ... c) isCSet="Y" then I'm ...
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Using alias in another script (ksh)

I'm writing a ksh script, and I'd like to use a command define by an alias in my .profile file, in my script. I tried this command in the folder containing my script, and it works. However, in my ...
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Ksh script warnings [closed]

While running my script, I got the following message (it's not an error strictly speaking, because the execution go ahead after) : myScript -s test -u test2 pk_copylogs[2]: hist: :: not found ...
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Function, return value using pwd in KSH

I tried to write a small ksh script: fDestExists (){ cd /tmp read vANSWER?" >> Do you want to create a repository in pwd ? Type YES or NO" echo " |----> $(fGetDatum) You ...
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How to retrieve environment variable from string name in KSH

I've the following variable : x="envVar" and 'envVar' is the one of my environment variable's name containing a path (of a folder by instance). So I'd like to do cd $x but it doesn't work. ...
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Looping through commands' results, KSH script

I'd like to put two strings in two different variables. Let's take a small example. after a simple grep, I got this : $ grep nl.*acc.*bas : ABAS01=... ABAS02=... I'd like to have two variables, ...
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How to make options mandatory in KSH script

Here is the skeleton to catch arguments in my script : # fMain(){ while getopts "d:e:h" _OPTION; do case $_OPTION in d) ...
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How to have a bash script perform a specific action on errors of _each_ command?

Similarly to set -e performs an exit on "uncaught" $? != 0, I'd like to have this event trigger the execution of another command, e.g. a logger call. How can this be done?
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Merge three file in to a single master file by excluding the header in 2nd and 3rd files

I have three file with n number of lines as given below sample1.txt ------------------------------ Date Time Name ------------------------------ 2013/10/12 12:09:09 Krish ...
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ksh variable substitution format?

I have variables named var1EMI, var2EMI, var1DDE, var2DDE, etc and I need to be able to iterate over them like this; for dir in var1 var2 do echo "EMI value for " $dir " is " ${${dir}EMI} echo ...