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Write a command line that will display a sorted list of logged in users. Just display the username and no other information. To accomplish this task you must use the sed command (The cut command is not allowed).


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Must use the sed command.


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I am not sure how to even go about this question. Still really new at shell scripting.


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Calvin College, Grand Rapids MI, USA, Johnson, CO 142

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For starters I have been just trying to figure out the formatting of using the sed command with the who command. I have been trying w | sed and I am getting a weird result. Im guessing im barking up the wrong tree by trying to pipe w with sed. I was not able to find any similar examples in our book "Unix Shell Programing".

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would it make a difference if i used sed | who ?
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I would recommend to use who instead of w because then you don't have to worry about skipping the header lines that is present in w output.

You have to pipe who output to sed, use regular expression to remove every character followed by first field (use blank space as delimiter).

Finally pipe the result to sort command to get a sorted list.

Something like:
Code:
who | sed your_regexp_here | sort

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I would recommend to use who instead of w because then you don't have to worry about skipping the header lines that is present in w output.

You have to pipe who output to sed, use regular expression to remove every character followed by first field (use blank space as delimiter).

Finally pipe the result to sort command to get a sorted list.

Something like:
Code:
who | sed your_regexp_here | sort

Wow, thank you so much for the help. That really clears some things up for me. I really appreciate it.

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so this was what my answer was.

[kofine05 ~]$ who | sed 's/ .*$//' | sort
anthonyl
darnella
kevinbis
robertom
root
[kofine05 ~]$

does that make sense?
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Yes it does make sense. Good work!

By the way if there are multiple sessions from same user, you can use sort to get rid of duplicates. Check the sort man pages to understand how to get unique values.
Code:
man sort

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