I am working on a script which dynamically executes some queries on daily basis. These queries are coming from a table in the database.

Here is the sample output of the query table:

| query_name    | query                         | userid  |
| All_User      | select * from users LIMIT 10; | jmatthe |

Now, I have to execute the query select * from users LIMIT 10; dynamically. I am reading each line of the output and storing the query from the output.

query_name=$(echo $query | cut -d\| -f1)
query_sql=$(echo $query | cut -d\| -f2)
query_user=$(echo $query | cut -d\| -f3)

Now here is where the problem arises. Because my line contains a * character in it, echo $query expands the * to replace it with the files in the current directory. So basically, my query_sql stores something like this.

select batchemail.sh query_output.txt from tbl_query

I want to preserve the * in the line so that I get the same in my query_sql variable. I want my query_sql variable to store the original data.

select * from tbl_query

Can anybody guide me on this?

  • In zsh: noglob echo * – Emanuel Berg Apr 16 '13 at 23:10

Use set -f to disable globbing:

$ q='select * from users LIMIT '
$ set -f
$ echo $q
select * from users LIMIT
  • Thanks. Too bad. I thought escaping the * would help me, but now the query doesn't work. – divinedragon Apr 16 '13 at 11:22
  • I have a strange feeling... How do you run the query? – TNW Apr 16 '13 at 16:02

Use double quotes around the variable:

query_name=$(echo "$query" | cut -d\| -f1)
query_sql=$(echo "$query" | cut -d\| -f2)
query_user=$(echo "$query" | cut -d\| -f3)

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