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Old 08-07-2009
Return Awk Variable to Shell

I'm a bit stuck in getting variable from awk to shell. I tried searching but most of them showing to assign to shell variable via..

VAR=`echo $line | awk -F: '{print $1}'`

which is correct ofcourse

My problem is multiple assignments of variable like this one. The above solution will give me several lines of same coding.

 echo $line | awk -F: '{account=$1;schedule=$2;unixlist=$3;ntlist=$4;urllist=$5;pinglist=$6;ntpassfile=$7;}'

Here's the $LINE

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Old 08-07-2009
Is it ok for you to handle them in an shell array or do you want to split them to different shell variables?
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Old 08-07-2009
well i would want to them to be in different shell variables, but anyway can you show me both how to work on this?
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Old 08-07-2009
Arrays depend on the shell you use, there should be some threads in the forum here you can find via the search function.

You could also simply use one line per variable definition like this, without needing awk:
ACCOUNT=`echo $line | cut -d":" -f1`
SCHEDULE=`echo $line | cut -d":" -f2`

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Old 08-07-2009
yes.. that's the current code i'm using.. can i not do it in one line? or at least the shortest way
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Old 08-07-2009
I think this is the most simple and most clear. If you go by awk and maybe print out the variable names as text together with the = and the value, you'll have to eval the output so it will be recognized as shell variables.
I would stick with the crude solution. There is no other solution coming to my mind that would be shorter. Maybe another reader has an idea.
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Old 08-07-2009
Another way ...
$ line="a:b:c"
$ echo $line | IFS=":" read var1 var2 var3
$ echo $var1
$ echo $var2
$ echo $var3

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