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Top Forums Shell Programming and Scripting Comparing variables in awk Post 302338711 by Shinsuio on Tuesday 28th of July 2009 05:19:05 PM
Old 07-28-2009
Comparing variables in awk

I'm writing a shellscript that monitors the price of a watch. If the prices changes, it should email me. The body of the email will show the old price and the new price. However when I compare the two awk variables(oldprice and newprice) it always says they're not the same. The shellscript goes out and retrieves the web page source code, searches it for the price, once found it stores that price in the variable newprice. I then attempt to compare it to the old price, which comes from a file and is stored in the variable oldprice, but have problems there. I don't know if awk stores it as a string or as a float variable. I am also a little unsure about how to go about mailing myself when they are not the same. I'll appreciate any help you can give me.Smilie


wget -qO- | awk -v oldprice=`cat pricefile` '
    /<b class="price">/ {
    newprice = $0

    if (oldprice ~ newprice) {
        print "The price is the same"
        print "The price is not the same"
        system ("mail -s"The price has changed" username")
        print newprice > "pricefile"

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This module fetches fund information from the "Thrift Savings Plan" using its fund prices page The quote symbols are C common stock fund F fixed income fund G government securities fund I international stock fund S small cap stock fund L2020 lifecycle fund year 2020 L2030 lifecycle fund year 2030 L2040 lifecycle fund year 2040 L2050 lifecycle fund year 2050 LINCOME lifecycle income fund LABELS RETURNED
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