I have a number of files that contain the following text:

{"job_id":"ds_sdfsd38474","status":"X people in the queue before you..."}

where X changes from file to file from numbers between 1-100.

I'm wondering, how i extract from the files only:

awk -F\" '{print $4}' yourfile

You can use awk:

awk -F "\"" '{print $4}' yourfile
  • F for setting the separator
  • $4 is the fourth column

Or you can use cut:

cut -d\" -f 4 yourfile
  • d for setting the separator
  • f 4 is the fourth column

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