I have a text file which is generated by some process. The file has 5 columns and 3 records as of now. The number of records can increase later.

I want the simplest way to convert those rows and columns in the tabular format and send it in the mail.

I have already checked a number of posts like below but nowhere it is meeting my exact requirement.

Send Mail HTML Table body & Attachment Text file

Send mail with an attachment and body of mail with table format

I saw various posts to implement multipart mail but i couldn't understand much. Is there a simpler way or is multipart way the only approach?

File :

This file I want to send in mail as a table.

  • What is your exact requirement? Do you need an HTML-formatted table, or will plain text be sufficient? Jan 27 '20 at 13:43
  • I want tabular format in the mail body. The table should have the columns and rows from the text file which is generated.
    – Amit
    Jan 27 '20 at 13:58
  • Please refer to my answer, if it fits your need please accept it. thanks
    Jan 27 '20 at 17:07

if your source is a file with the following content


The below script will create create a html file with a table

echo '<table>'
while read -r cola colb colc cold colf; do
    [[ $first == 1 ]] && element=th || element=td
    echo "<tr><$element>$cola</$element><$element>$colb</$element><$element>$colc</$element><$element>$cold</$element><$element>$colf</$element></tr>"
done < $1
echo '</table>'

To execute you need to create a .sh file and paste the script inside. Set its mode to execute

chmod +x your_script.sh

and then execute the script directing the output to a files (example: output.html)

./your_script.sh your_source_file > output.html

when its done your output should be like this

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To send the email you can use the following

sendemail -s stmp:port -xu user -xp pass -f account_from -t destination_account -u subject -m "your_html_message" -o message-header="From: your name <account_from>" -o message-content-type=html -o message-charset=UTF-8
  • Thanks Banjosa, let me run that and get back to you. Thank you so much for your help.
    – Amit
    Jan 28 '20 at 9:20
  • I do not want to pass the input file to the script, rather i would like to specify the path and the file name in my script only along with the email notification logic.
    – Amit
    Jan 28 '20 at 12:51
  • so you want the location of the source file to be hardcoded in the script?
    Jan 28 '20 at 13:48
  • yes that will be fine
    – Amit
    Jan 28 '20 at 13:56
  • just change the done < $1 to done < /path_to_your_source_file
    Jan 28 '20 at 14:08

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