String manipulation: extracting a part of a string, text replacement, formatting to a given width, etc.

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property file reading from unix shell [closed]

Below is the sample code. products=$PRODUCTS arr=$(echo $products | tr "," "\n") for x in $arr do with="${x}SUBPRODUCTS" subproducts=$(echo "${x}SUBPRODUCTS") echo ...
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How to extract the positive numbers in the first column from an output as in the question?

I am running Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS 64-bit with Bash 4.3.11(1)-release I have a program called harminv producing output as follows: $ h5totxt hsli0.126.h5 | harminv -vt 0.1 -w 2-3 -a 0.9 -f 200 # ...
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Reading a string till a key word and replacing from there with another string

I am new to UNIX and am practising shell scripting. I have an application where I need string searching and replacement. There are some lines in a file 1 and file 2. I have a search key word. If the ...
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Why quotes are retained in string variables when surrounded by single quotes?

I needed to retain the double quotes around a string variable defined in bash in order to be able to pass it to a dialect of the Scheme programming language. My question is why are the double quotes ...
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How to extract a part of file name in unix/linux shell script

My file name is Oracle.2347263_testing_152607.csv I tried this : echo Oracle.2347263_testing_152607.csv | sed -e 's/.*G.//' \-e 's/.csv//' but I didn't get the result I expected. I want to ...
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how to find a file extension with multiple dots [duplicate]

I'd like to extract the extension out of a filename with multiple dots. For instance: gbamidi-v1.0.tar.gz I should get "tar.gz", not "gz" or "0.tar.gz". I prefer a solution not relying on bash ...
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How to use grep and cut in script to obtain website URLs from an HTML file

I am trying to use grep and cut to extract URLs from an HTML file. The links look like: <a href="http://examplewebsite.com/"> Other websites have .net, .gov, but I assume I could make the cut ...
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How do i change the case (upper and lower case) of strings in my variable?

"Enter test: " read test if [[ $test == "a" ]]; then echo "worked" else echo "failed" fi It's a simple illustration of test i'm doing, but if i enter "A", it will fail, is there anything i ...
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script to parse integer and convert it to char code

I am noob on Unix. I've a very unique problem where and really appreciate your help. I need to parse string containing hash code value and convert the hash code is equivalent char representation. Here ...
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How can I insert the contents of a file into a string in bash

I would like to append the contents of a multi-line text file after a particular line in a string. For example, if the file file.txt contains line 1 line 2 I'd like do so something like printf ...
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Escaping strings in associative arrays (bash)

I am writing a script which executes a number of programs with arguments. To simplify it as much as possible, consider the following example: programs=( "ls" "echo" ) declare -A parameters ...
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How do i create a function to test if the input contains any character? [duplicate]

I have this set of example here to test if the user has keyed in any data after he presses enter. echo -n "Type a digit or a letter > " read character blank="" if [ "$character" != "$blank"]; ...
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extract line from same string

I have a table like this: and a file containing 2 string from the third column as: apple potato i would like to extract the header and all the line that contain the string apple and potato to ...
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Modifying part of a string in bash script

I have a file named variables.f90 , having many lines defining different variables, as follows :: integer::n_monomer=6800 real*8::rx=5.0d0 #... randomly integer and real numbers defined ...
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bc output binary as nibbles separated by whitespace

I'm debugging code which contains quite a few bit shift operations, and I'm using bc a lot to look at what's happening on the bit level. Here's what I use: $ echo 'obase=2;598980975283696640' | bc ...
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Generate array of strings combined with number

I would like to generate a local array in a shell/bash script that consists of the following elements: JF-1998, JF-1999, JF-2000,... , JF-2011. That is, a string JF- combined with the years from 1998 ...
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Copying two words from a string into two variables

I want to get the variables $color and $number from a string that in general is like this: "something, numColor (number)". The color might be W, U, B, R, G. If there is no color the variable color ...
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Why string comparision results always false

I am trying to do a one time check about apache's mod-status page for updates like this(this is just a test script): firstcontent=$(lynx -dump http://some-server/server-status-page) echo ...
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Extracting the second word from a string variable

I have a string "rtcpOnNbActive true" stored in a variable x. I want to extract "true" as substring and store in a variable. How can I do this?
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How to convert dashed string to spaces and caps?

Given the string foo-bar, what is a good way to convert it to Foo Bar? Using Bash, OSX.
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Bash regex string manipulation bug

I have an issue with bash and its regex match ability that I for now think is a bug in bash but could also be me having missed something obvious. I hope it is the latter. I have made this function in ...
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Issue finding lines using grep in UNIX [closed]

I am trying to use a .txt file with around 5000 patterns (spaced with a line) to search through another file of 18000 lines for any matches. So far I've tried every form of grep and awk I can find on ...
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Command to remove a portion of JSON data from each line?

I have test.json file with different lengths of rows. Some fictitious example: { a: 123, b: sd, c: x45, d: 1, e: '' } { a: 5, b: bfgg, c: x4c, d: 31, e: '' } I want to cut the whole substring after ...
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Change case of n-th letter in a string

I want to change the case of the n-th letter of a string in BASH (or any other *nix tools, e.g. sed, awk, tr, etc). I know that you can change the case a whole string using: ${str,,} # to lowercase ...
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Get all possible combinations of a word in lower/uppercase letters

I want to write a bash script to print all possible lower and upper case permutations of a certain word, e.g. harley: harley harleY harlEy harLey ... HARLey HARLEy HARLEY My naive solution is to ...
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Print total free memory from `free -m`

free -m currently puts out something like this. I would like to know using grep/awk how we can get the total free amount. i.e. 9083
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How to create an array of unique elements from a string/array in bash?

If I have a string "1 2 3 2 1" - or an array [1,2,3,2,1] - how can I select the unique values, i.e. "1 2 3 2 1" produces "1 2 3" or [1,2,3,2,1] produces [1,2,3] Similar to uniq but uniq seems ...
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Find string in text file and execute a script depending of the result

I have a file (Data.txt) with something like this: A=1234597890 B=192.168.1.1 sometimes B goes first and sometimes only A or B. So, If I find: A, Print A content and execute A script B, ...
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get parts of string using shell script

I have one string as /ip/192.168.0.1/port/8080/ I want to get two separate variables which will contain port and IP like. 192.168.0.1 and 8080 as I know /ip/ and /port/ will be there always I ...
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How do I show the numeric character sequence of a string?

Is there a command either standalone or in vi or similar (can be gui) that will show me the numeric sequence of a string? Input: The cat hopped in a box. Output: T h e c a t h o p p e d ...
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Piping bash string manipulation

I've read some other piping bash string manipulation questions but they seem to be specialized applications. Essentially, is there a way to do the below simpler? instead of $ string='hello world'; ...
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Shell script to assign values from a lookup table is too slow

I'm trying to assign some variables from a lookup file with a shell script. I have something working but it seems unnecessary slow. Script: while read line do ...
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grep on a variable

Lets say I have a variable line="This is where we select from a table." now I want to grep how many times does select occur in the sentence. grep -ci "select" $line I tried that, but it did not ...
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What is the easiest way to count the amount of letters in a string entered

I am currently writing a program in the raspberry pi that will allow a user to enter a string, and have the program count the amount of letters in it. I am looking into expr but I don't know how to ...
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(SOLVED) How I get the current working directory with inverted slash?

I'm trying to write a script to import a font in wine, because I put the font in wine's c:\Windows\Fonts, but wine doesn't read it if I don't import from the reg file: "Font ...
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extract every nth character from a string

I am trying to figure out a solution for this question. My approach to this problem so far is as below. Append all the characters together to make it a long string. After the above step, remove ...
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Number of characters in a shell command's output

I am writing a script which needs to calculate the number of characters in a command's output in a single step. For example, using the command readlink -f /etc/fstab should return 10 because the ...
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JSON parsing on the shell

How can I parse JSON output on the shell? For example, Amazon Web Services provides a CLI to retrieve the status of your instances: $ aws ec2 describe-instances <my_instance_id> But the ...
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keep only certain part of a string in a certain column

I have a file like this: id target_id length eff_length 1 intron_FBgn0000721:20_FBgn0000721:18 1136 243.944268 1 intron_FBgn0000721:19_FBgn0000721:18 1122 ...
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How to split a line by multiple characters?

Output of w | head -1 can give 2 different results for my machine: 16:34:42 up 32 days, 3:02, 1 user, load average: 0.14, 0.11, 0.07 14:10:55 up 32 days, 39 min, 1 user, load average: 0.07, 0.13, ...
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Length of argument inside a function of an sh script

I have a FreeBSD 9.3 RELEASE server and I am trying to write a shell script using sh. I am trying to get the length of a variable that is passed to a function in a shell script, like so: #!/bin/sh ...
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Finding words with one vowel group

I am trying to use a command to find all words in a list of words with one group vowels. Like four, for and far, but also words like ore and or. What I got so far: grep -i ...
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Bash Combine Replacement and Sub String Extraction in One Step

For a string in this format: ./my-site.sub.domain.com I would like to remove the .,-, and /, and trim the remainder to 16 characters: mysitesubdomainc I've done this ...
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How to find a position of a character using grep?

I need to identify the postion of a character in string using grep command. Example, the string is RAMSITALSKHMAN|1223333. grep -n '[^a-zA-Z0-9\$\~\%\#\^]' How do I find the position of | in the ...
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Zsh script how to concatanate array elements with string

I have written a zsh script to automize an analysis in high energy physics and now I would like to use an element of the one of the defined array some string and another element of some another array ...
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Write variable containing large text with \n to a file with common shell interpreters. How do you do it?

Environment: linux shell or better, ash shell in busybox (example system: Openwrt). Given a string variable with large text "${a}" constructed in this way: for index in $(seq 1 40000); do #it is ...
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Script using “split” in a loop over large files

I'm attempting to get a bash script working, and running into terrible errors along the way. The aim of the script is to break several large text files, into multiple files with a line count read from ...
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String index processing

My input file looks like: #key string pos(string) key1 AA000AA000000AAA0A 2, 3, 18, 12 key2 00A00AAA000AAAA00A 3, 18 And I'd like to add a new column at ...
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How can I test if a variable is empty or contains only spaces?

The following bash syntax verifies if param isn't empty: [[ ! -z $param ]] For example: param="" [[ ! -z $param ]] && echo "I am not zero" No output and its fine. But when param ...
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grep substring between quotes

Let's say I have a string like this: title="2010-09-11 11:22:45Z" How can I grep the date itself and disregard the quotes/title/Z? The file can contain more strings like: randomstring ...