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bash + using printf in order to print in special format

I just wrote the following bash script to check the ping access on list of Linux machines for M in $list do ping -q -c 1 "$M" >/dev/null if [[ $? -eq 0 ]] then echo "($C) $...
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print multiple words seperated by space

I have a text file and the data inside has format like (name age country): michael jordans 25 US adam smith 30 UK chris wood ABC 22 Aus if I use command: cat text.txt | awk {'print $1'} --> it ...
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What is special about printf over echo

I was finding length of a variable as below: `set num=123456` `echo $num|wc -c` it returned output as 7 (suppose to return 6) I did same with printf `printf "%s" $num|wc -c` it returned output ...
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How to print ${STR1} and $STR2 - not their contents - into a file?

I need to print expressions ${STR1} and $STR2 into a file -- not the content of the variables. How can I accomplish this using echo or printf?
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Portable color codes with printf? [duplicate]

There is a color codes script on GitHub suitable for sourcing, which I am modifying for my own purposes. Background I have an odd mix of environments to work in, from a Mac OS terminal, to various ...
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posting data using cURL in a script

I'm trying to write a simple alternative script for uploading files to the transfer.sh service. One of the examples on the website mentions a way of uploading multiple files in a single "session": $ ...
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Get the output in a formatted way

In a for loop, I am using the command: echo " Job_time is $i : Stopping the job " Sample output: Job_time is 6 : Stopping the job Job_time is 6.50 : Stopping the job Desired output: Job_time is ...
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running command in Mobax Terminal are there plugins that are needed

while read CTFlist; do #next we need to create ctfs padded with zeros as a variable ctfPadded=$(printf ${ctflist}00000000) #then call rc2 key as variable rc2Key="TemporaryRC2Key1" #next create a ...
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use printf to format output of an array

I have an array that contains details about each NIC. Each array index consists of three space-separated values. I would like to have a nice table as output. Is there a way to assign formatting ...
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Printing Space Between Strings

#!/bin/bash ARRAY="185.18.207.66 31.18.212.113" result="" for i in $ARRAY do result=$(printf '%s %s' "$result" "$i" "checked") done paste <(printf "%s\n" $result) I am trying to print ...
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Why am I getting an error “print_unicode: line 9: printf: missing unicode digit for \u Unicode 0187” with this script

I have written them following shell script to view what the Unicode characters look like on my terminal. #!/bin/bash X=0 while [ $X -lt 65536 ]; do HEX=`bc <<< "obase=16; $X"` HEX="...
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format command output with variable and fixed space

How can I achieve this best maintaining the hierarchy on the left and aligning the size value on the right? Also, at the same time I'd like to round the size to one or two digits. I tried with printf ...
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Printf printing only a single line

I'm trying to get the output of env in a shell variable and print it. #!/bin/sh ENV_BEFORE=$(env) printf $ENV_BEFORE As a result a single variable from the env output gets printed. When using echo ...
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Bash script how to accept single or double digit number and make it 2 digit

I have a following simple extract from my script which is strangely stuck up for a particular inputs. echo -e "Enter the Day of the Month : \c " read input_day printf -v input_day '%02d' "$...
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How can I print a variable with padded center alignment?

How can I print $myvar padded so that it is in the center of the terminal, and to either side are = to the edge of the screen?
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Include text from other file in screen printf

The original code of main.sh: screen -S myscreenname -p 0 -X stuff "`printf "myabcdefg"`" I want to put only abcdefg (without my) in other file. Below codes works just fine but I need the text.txt ...
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using printf function for repeated patterns

I have codes which append the patterns into text file w.r.t. the user's input as follows; echo -n "WHICH STATIONS?" read station awk -v input="$station" ' BEGIN { n = split(tolower(input), ...
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Display non-printable parameters in running processes

ps aux displays commands running on the server, but it does not display non-printable parameters in any sort of way that is useful. mycmd.sh: #!/bin/bash while true do sleep 5 done ...
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Weird float rounding behavior with printf

I've read some answers on this site and found the printf rounding desirable. However when I used it in practice, a subtle bug led me to the following behavior: $ echo 197.5 | xargs printf '%.0f' 198 ...
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How do I append multiple lines involving variables to the end of a bash script?

I would like to add: function ps_mem { python /home/vagrant/ps_mem/ps_mem.py -p $@ } To the end of ~/.bashrc from the command-line. I have tried using: printf "function ps_mem {\n python /home/...
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Where is `scanf` implementation source code?

I want to find C source code for scanf implementation on Linux machine. Googling to find scanf implementation does not tell me the way to find it. I tried to find that source code from gcc source tree ...
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How do I use a multi-character delimiter for array expansion in bash?

I'm reducing the question to (I believe) the simplest case. Let's say I have a script myscript.sh with the following contents: #!/bin/bash IFS='%20' echo "$*" If I run the command as follows, the ...
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Human-readable filesize with find's printf

I am writing a simple helper function to show a specific folder in the format I want: find . -maxdepth 1 -not -name "." -printf '[%TY-%Tm-%Td]\t%s\t%f\n' | sort -n However I want to show the ...
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Logging to a file in tabular format

I am trying to print something into a file through the script which will be sent as an attachment to the mail. Now what i am willing is to preserve a proper formatting within the file. Can i print ...
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Print columns of data that wrap internally

I am printing some monitoring data from a log as such: printf " %10s %5s %25s %15s %15s %s${txtrst}\n" $date $time $metric $status $current_criticality "$failure" I would like the last ...
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Need help understanding this cpu utilization script

Need help in understanding the below Script : HEADER='CPU pctUser pctNice pctSystem pctIowait pctIdle' HEADERIZE="BEGIN {print \"$HEADER\"}" PRINTF='{printf "%-3s %9s %9s %9s %9s %...
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convert timestamp to epoch with bash builtin printf

While researching a different approach to convert a timestamp like 2015-09-08 11:07:35 to 1441703255 I found a lot of pretty commonly found solutions use e.g. date +%s --date "2015-09-...
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bash prevent printf from interrupting another printf

I have the following test script. #!/bin/bash function foo { printf "Test line break: $1\nafter line break\n\n" } for VARIABLE in {1..30} do foo $VARIABLE & done wait Now I executed the ...
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How to rename or delete an alias permanently from system?

I have created one alias in my system, printf "%s\n" "alias shh='sqlplus hfdora/hfdora@hfd2" >> ~/.kshrc Now, I want to change the alias name from shh2 to shh Also, how to delete other ...
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How to print control characters with escape sequences?

I have defined the color red using tput red=$(tput setaf 1) to colorize warnings in my program. This works fine: printf '%sfail\n' "$red" # prints 'fail' in red But on one occasion I would like ...
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Unable to store ascii value in a variable

I am trying to convert hex to decimal to ascii and store it in a variable. I am using the following code. HEX=30 DEC=`printf "%d\n" 0x${HEX}` echo "$DEC" ASC=`printf \\$(printf '%03o' $DEC)` echo "$...
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print characters repetitively using asterisk symbol in bash [duplicate]

print '*' * 80 This python snippet prints 80 asterisks, which I use often as delimiters in log files. How can I do it in bash script using operator overloading?
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printing a series of characters

My ultimate goal here is to generate a block of text that can be used to test out various fonts at a terminal. I want to generate the file as basically an ascii chart. A series of characters from 1 ...
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Alignment when printing a series of records

How can I resolve the problem of the tables going to the right. I just want it to be shown under 1. Here's my script with START added. The alignment has gone wonky now: while IFS="," read f1 f2 f3 ...
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How to use printf and %s when there are color codes?

I had these lines: if [[ $# -eq 0 ]]; then printf "$fail_color Error - Function: $function, Line: $line_number \n" printf "do_test: Third parameter missing - expected result\n" exit 1 fi This ...
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bash - Why does type -a execute “$(printf 'a')” and is it possible to get back the original alias? [duplicate]

After i ask this question 2 days ago, i decided to make this alias in my ~/.bashrc: alias catvu="LC_ALL=C sed \"$(printf 's/[^\t -\176\200-\377]/^&/g')\"|LC_ALL=C tr '\0-\10\13-\37\177' '@-...
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Format Column Width with Printf

I have searched online for 10 hours now and tried various codes, but still need help. I am attempting to merge three files using 'paste' and 'awk'. However, the columns are not adjusting to the ...
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Printf formatting with variable format - what does this var reference?

I am experimenting with printf formatting in bash and I ran across this piece of code: #/bin/bash divider=============================== divider=$divider$divider header="\n %-15s %8s %10s %11s\n" ...
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Writing a character N times using the printf command

I found the following command to repeat a character in Linux: printf 'H%.0s' {1..5000} > H.txt I want, for example, H to repeat 5000 times. What does %.0s mean here?
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find printf switch POSIX alternative

I'd like to rewrite these 2 command so they will use only POSIX-complaint switches: find "$TARGET_DIR" -maxdepth 1 -type d -printf '(DIR) %f\n' find "$TARGET_DIR" -maxdepth 1 -type f -printf '%s %f ...
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How do I print hyphens if a variable is empty?

I am collecting windows system information using wmic on Linux system. For that purpose, I make various wmic calls and their output is stored in some variables. After required data is collected, I ...
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How do I escape quotes for json conversion in Bash

I have a file which I need to convert to a json string and it needs to be done via bash. My test file looks like 1 2 ' 3 4 Here is what's happening $ LOG=$(cat file) $ printf '{"log": "%q"}\n' "$...
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How to use printf to show the results of a calculation?

My program is #!/bin/sh printf 'Please enter salary amount: ' read salary TAX="echo $salary * 0.15 | bc" NET="echo $salary + $TAX | bc" printf "Net Salary= %.2f" $NET printf "\n" But whatever I ...
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How to printf an exclamation point in tcsh?

What's the best way to printf an exclamation point in tcsh? It seems like using single or double quotes has no effect on escaping the exclamation point; and using a backspace does work, but then it ...
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How do I capture stdin to a variable without stripping any trailing newlines?

In a shell script... How do I capture stdin to a variable without stripping any trailing newlines? Right now I have tried: var=`cat` var=`tee` var=$(tee) In all cases $var will not have the ...
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Using a command's output in printf in ksh

I am trying to perform the following : printf "Are you sure you want to copy %s (y/n) ? (file bigger than 10 MB) " "$0" It works fine, nevertheless, I would like to display the actual size of my ...
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Add leading characters in front of string using printf or echo

How can I add leading characters to fill a string to a certain length? Assume I want to add zeroes in front of a string, if said string is shorter than 20 characters: printf '%020s\n' "$line" ...
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Thousands separator in printf in zsh

I have been trying to define a thousands separator in printf for a while now and I have discovered that zsh has some problems with it. In bash I can use something like: $ printf "%'d\n" 1234567890 ...
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Awk printf number in width and round it up

I need to printf a number out, but with given width and rounded (with awk!) %10s I have this and somehow I need to connect the %d but everything I do, ends up with too much parametres for awk (...
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printf output running over into next line

I have created Bash SS in vi. My output is running over into the line below it. I am new to UNIX so I'm trying to learn. My output is displayed using printf. printf "%-15s %15s %15s %2d\n %2s " $...