I've got a file despicting variables:

IP_1="xx.xx.xx.xx" ID_1="yyyyy"

IP_2="xx.xx.xx.xx" ID_2="yyyyy"


IP_6="xx.xx.xx.xx" ID_6="yyyyy"

I want to execute a wget command with the variables including a wildcard.

wget --timeout=5 --wait=2 --tries=3 http://"$IP_* "/getcsv/Log_"$EQ_ *".csv

--output-document=/home/administrator/Logs/"$ID_* "/Log_"$EQ_* "$(date +%F%T).csv -d -v

After execution of the command it seems like the machine doesn't recognize the variable and gives back /home/administrator/Logs/* /Log_* _2018-03-21_12:03:53.csv for example.

How is it possible for me that the script first uses IP_1 + ID_1, than IP_2 + ID_2, ... from the variable file ?

I tried different versions with [], {}, different " " and as an array. Unfortunately i've got nothing working


best regards

  • What is EQ_*? Is it another numbered variable? – glenn jackman Mar 21 '18 at 13:04

You need to do this

for i in {1..6}; do
    wget ... "http://${!ip_var}/..." -O "/home/administrator/Logs/${!id_var}/..."

This uses "variable indirection" as described in the manual: https://www.gnu.org/software/bash/manual/bashref.html#Shell-Parameter-Expansion

However numbered variables are clumsy. Use arrays instead:

ip=( "xx.xx.xx.xx" "xx.xx.xx.xx" ... "xx.xx.xx.xx" )
id=( "yyyyy" "yyyyy"... "yyyyy" )

for ((i=0; i < ${#ip[@]}; i++)); do
    wget ... "http://${ip[i]}/..." -O "/home/administrator/Logs/${id[i]}/..."

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