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Old 08-31-2009
Text in a file

i have a simple list that i want my script to use it contains names and numbers i want the script to display an entry if it exists or add an entry if it dosnt exist in the txt file. My list
example is:
john smith:12345678
sally williams 87654321

so how do i let my script display a name if found of add to the list if not there.
Thankyou for any help you can give me.
# 2  
Old 08-31-2009
Here is a ksh version. It will only append an entry if a capital A is passed as the third argument. Make sure you enclose the first argument in quotes! You can get some unpredictable results and/or corrupt your file if you don't and you have some spaces or special characters in there.

To use it:

./scriptname "John Smith: 555-123-4567" filename A

if [ $# -lt 2 ]
    print "Usage: $0 entry filename [A]"

if [[ `grep $1 $2` != "" ]]
   grep "$1" "$2"
elif [[ $3 == A" && `grep $1 $2` != "" ]]
   print "$1" >> "$2"
  cat $2

Last edited by ilikecows; 08-31-2009 at 05:22 PM.. Reason: forgot argument in example

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