Top Forums Shell Programming and Scripting Calling specific characters from a find variable Post 303029333 by Don Cragun on Thursday 24th of January 2019 11:00:20 PM
With what you have shown us there is little hope of us being able to help you.

You seem to be saying that you want to extract 14 characters starting in position 53 from the 11 character string "./blablabla". We have no idea whether you are expecting other characters to come from subdirectory names, or if you have wildcard characters in "blablabla" that you aren't showing us, or something else.

If you tell us what operating system you're using, what shell you're using, show us some actual samples of the pathnames being produced by the command find . -name blablabla (in CODE tags), and show us exactly what ln commands you hope to produce from those pathnames (in CODE tags); we would have a much better chance of coming up with something that might accomplish what you're trying to do. Note that an ln -s command needs two operands; not just one (and your sample code seems to be trying to only produce one).

Please help us help you.
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PIDOF(8)						Linux System Administrator's Manual						  PIDOF(8)

pidof -- find the process ID of a running program. SYNOPSIS
pidof [-s] [-x] [-o omitpid] [-o omitpid..] program [program..] DESCRIPTION
Pidof finds the process id's (pids) of the named programs. It prints those id's on the standard output. This program is on some systems used in run-level change scripts, especially when the system has a System-V like rc structure. In that case these scripts are located in /etc/rc?.d, where ? is the runlevel. If the system has a start-stop-daemon (8) program that should be used instead. OPTIONS
-s Single shot - this instructs the program to only return one pid. -x Scripts too - this causes the program to also return process id's of shells running the named scripts. -o Tells pidof to omit processes with that process id. The special pid %PPID can be used to name the parent process of the pidof pro- gram, in other words the calling shell or shell script. NOTES
pidof is simply a (symbolic) link to the killall5 program, which should also be located in /sbin. When pidof is invoked with a full pathname to the program it should find the pid of, it is reasonably safe. Otherwise it is possible that it returns pids of running programs that happen to have the same name as the program you're after but are actually other programs. SEE ALSO
shutdown(8), init(8), halt(8), reboot(8) AUTHOR
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