I am trying to write a shell script which sends the output of df -h in mail with the help of HTML code embedded in the script. The issue is this is printing all six columns. I want only specific sequence (6,2,3,4,5). How do I achieve it? Tried lots of things putting array also ) but still not working.

#! /bin/bash

[email protected]

ALERT_DIR_COUNT=`df -Ph | grep -v "Use%" | sed 's/%//g' | awk '$5 > 70 
{print $1,$2,$3,$4,$5"%",$6;}' | column -t | wc -l`

printf "To: [email protected]\n"
printf "Subject:$HOST\n :$ALERT_DIR_COUNT\n mounts reached threshold & Logs 
Cleared : $Numberofdays days\n"
printf "Content-Type: text/html\n"

printf "<html>\n
df -Ph| awk '{ print $6,$2,$3,$4,$5 }''
print "<table  border=\"8\" cellpadding=\"3\"  style=\"border-collapse: 
printf "<tr>"
printf "<th bgcolor=turquoise colspan="6">BEFORE_USAGE</th>"
printf "</tr>"
printf "<tr>"
printf "<th bgcolor=gray>MOUNT</th>"
printf "<th bgcolor=gray>SIZE</th>"
printf "<th bgcolor=gray>USED</th>"
printf "<th bgcolor=gray>AVAILABLE</th>"
printf "<th bgcolor=gray>USE%</th>"

printf "</tr>"}
for( i = 1; i <= NF; i++ ) {
  printf "%s", "<td bgcolor=azure"
  if (i==5&&$i+0>70) printf " bgcolor=azure"
  print ">" $i "</td>"
print "</tr>"
END { print "</table>" }'
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    (1) Please don’t say “not working.” What is happening? (2) IIRC, email doesn’t allow multi-line Subject lines. (And it’s probably a good idea to have a space after the colon (:).) (3) The BEGIN block (if any) must be the first thing in an awk program. (4) Please don’t say 'foo''bar' when you mean 'foobar' unless you have a good reason for doing so (and I can’t think of any). (5) You have an unmatched ( in your script (before printf "To: [email protected]\n"). … (Cont’d) Commented Jun 13, 2017 at 22:48
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    (Cont’d) …  (6) For every line of input, your script first writes fields 6, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (in that order), unadorned, and then prints all the fields (in 1→NF order), wrapped in HTML tags.  That’s probably not what you mean.  (7) Your script prints bgcolor=azure unconditionally (for every cell/value), and then, conditionally, again.  (8) Your script is very complicated.  Simplify it, get something working, and then build on it. Commented Jun 13, 2017 at 22:48
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1 Answer 1


To simplify the body, you could use something like this:

df -Ph | awk -f stat.awk

I've extracted the awk parts into an awk script, but the script could easily be inlined.

Where stat.awk is:

    print "<html><body><table  border=\"8\" cellpadding=\"3\"  style=\"border-collapse: collapse\">"

    print "<tr>"
    print "<th bgcolor=turquoise colspan="6">BEFORE_USAGE</th>"
    print "</tr>"
    print "<tr>"
    print "<th bgcolor=gray>MOUNT</th>"
    print "<th bgcolor=gray>SIZE</th>"
    print "<th bgcolor=gray>USED</th>"
    print "<th bgcolor=gray>AVAILABLE</th>"
    print "<th bgcolor=gray>USE%</th>"
    print "</tr>"

NR > 1 {
    if ($5+0 > 70) {
        bgcolor=" bgcolor=azure"
    print "<tr><td>"$6"</td><td>"$2"</td><td>"$3"</td><td>"$4"</td><td"bgcolor">"$5"</td></tr>"

    print "</table></body></html>"

For me, this produces:

<html><body><table  border="8" cellpadding="3"  style="border-collapse: collapse">
<th bgcolor=turquoise colspan=6>BEFORE_USAGE</th>
<th bgcolor=gray>MOUNT</th>
<th bgcolor=gray>SIZE</th>
<th bgcolor=gray>USED</th>
<th bgcolor=gray>AVAILABLE</th>
<th bgcolor=gray>USE%</th>
<tr><td>/</td><td>465Gi</td><td>402Gi</td><td>62Gi</td><td bgcolor=azure>87%</td></tr>
<tr><td>/dev</td><td>339Ki</td><td>339Ki</td><td>0Bi</td><td bgcolor=azure>100%</td></tr>
<tr><td>/Volumes/MobileBackups</td><td>465Gi</td><td>465Gi</td><td>0Bi</td><td bgcolor=azure>100%</td></tr>

Please note, that this solution breaks when your volume names contain spaces.

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