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I am writing a script where I am trying to export some variable , and after exporting my variable when I am printing, it is printing an extra line after it.

Here I am reading from a csv file containing two columns. This script is present in file script.sh and I am executing that file ./script.sh

while IFS="," read f1 f2
      echo "Source IP        : $f1"     #it is printing without extra line
      echo "Destination IP   : $f2"               #it is printing without extra line  

    export sourceIP=$f1
    export destIP=$f2

    ssh -t -t sjain@$f1 <<ENDSSH
    #Start copying 33KB File
    echo "Destination IP Address: $destIP" # here it is printing an extra line after destIP
    startTime=$(($(date '+%s%N')/1000000))
    scp KB_33.txt sjain@$destIP:/home/sjain
    endTime=$(($(date '+%s%N')/1000000))
    printf 'Elapsed time in copying 33KB file: %s\n' $((endTime-startTime)) 
    #Write the stats to the file
    echo $sourceIP','$destIP',33KB,'$((endTime-startTime)) >> report.txt
done < ipaddress.csv

because of the above problem when I am executing

scp KB_33.txt sjain@$destIP:/home/sjain

it is breaking the command into 2 parts , like this screen shot

scp KB_33.txt sjain@$X.X.X.X

And when I am directly hardcoding the value instead of destIP , it is working fine.

How can I fix this?

Input CSV file Data,
  • Can you post a few lines of your csv files for me to test.
    – Ketan
    Mar 12, 2014 at 18:46
  • Updated the question , it contains only 1 row
    – saurav
    Mar 12, 2014 at 18:48
  • If it contains just one row, reading it in a while loop is overkill, just use cut command and pipe.
    – Ketan
    Mar 12, 2014 at 18:51
  • in future it will have more rows , for now I have just put for testing purpose
    – saurav
    Mar 12, 2014 at 18:54
  • I haven't tested this, but do try tr-ing ',' to ' ' and don't use IFS. I'm not sure about the scope in this case, it might mess up the parsing.
    – orion
    Mar 12, 2014 at 19:41

3 Answers 3


When you split the contents of your CSV file you're splitting on commas, ,. This can be problematic because the second IP address in that file likely has a trailing newline character after it.

The easiest method to resolve this would be to simply chomp that character off the end of the $destIP variable like so:

export sourceIP=$f1
export destIP=$(echo "$f2" | tr -d '\n')
  • Yes, you were right second IP address has the trailing new lien character in it. - Thank you
    – saurav
    Mar 12, 2014 at 20:03

echo normally puts a newline after printing its arguments. You can prevent it from doing so by using

echo -n "Destination IP Address: $destIP" 

to strip the $destIP you could try:

export destIP=$(echo $f2) 
  • dats correct , but actual problem is at this line scp KB_33.txt sjain@$destIP:/home/sjain , here it is splitting into 2 lines after variable destIP.
    – saurav
    Mar 12, 2014 at 18:55
  • Sorry I should have read further. I have updated the answer
    – Anthon
    Mar 12, 2014 at 19:01
  • thanks anthon , i tried it but still same issue.
    – saurav
    Mar 12, 2014 at 19:05

You can use tr to delete the newline character. In place of sjain@$destIP, use:

sjain@$(echo $destIP | tr -d '\n')
  • i tried this scp KB_33.txt sjain@$(echo $destIP | tr -d '\n'):/home/sjain but it didn't work
    – saurav
    Mar 12, 2014 at 19:08
  • Can you show the output of echo $destIP and echo $(echo $destIP | tr -d '\n')
    – Ketan
    Mar 12, 2014 at 19:11
  • #echo $destIP [sjain@XYZ ~]$ echo "Destination IP Address234: 10.X.X.X > " Destination IP Address234: 10.X.X.X #echo $(echo $destIP | tr -d '\n') [sjain@XYZ ~]$ echo "Dest 2 :" 10.X.X.X Dest 2 : 10.X.X.X [sjain@XYZ ~]$
    – saurav
    Mar 12, 2014 at 19:22

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