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Old 10-30-2009
assign awk's variable to shell script's variable?

Dear All,

we have a command output which looks like :

Total 200 queues in 30000 Kbytes

and we're going to get "200" and "30000" for further process. currently, i'm using :

numA=echo $OUTPUT | awk '{print $2}'
numB=echo $OUTPUT | awk '{print $5}'

my question is : can I use just one awk statement to assign $2 to numA and $5 to numB?

# 2  
Old 10-30-2009
Something like this:

echo "$OUTPUT" | awk '{print $2 $5}' | read numA numB


echo "$OUTPUT" | read dummy numA dummy dummy numB dummy

# 3  
Old 10-30-2009
$ a="Total 200 queues in 30000 Kbytes"
$ set -- $a
$ echo $2 $5
200 30000

assign $2 to numA and $5 to numB
# 4  
Old 10-30-2009
@OP: Your code would not not worik you would need:
numA=$(echo $OUTPUT | awk '{print $2}')

Anyway, if you are using a recent bash or ksh, here is a slight variation on Franklin52's post, just to make it pipeless:

read x numA x x numB x <<< $OUTPUT

also, you could do this:

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 10-30-2009 at 06:56 AM..
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Old 04-13-2010
Solaris OS: Is there any way to modify a shell variable from awk block of code inside a shell script.

--------- []---------------------


awk '
awk_variable = <value>

# set the value of an awk variable to shell variable
# shell_variable = awk_variable

}' $FILE

echo "New shell variable: $shell_variable"
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