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# 1  
Old 09-27-2010
How to check field formatting of input file?


I had input file with below data,

Having values of fields with seperated by semi-colon (Smilie and ended with line feed (\n).
Through shell script, how can I check the field formatting?
Thanks in advance.
# 2  
Old 09-27-2010
what do u want to check in formatting ?

only number of fields or you want to verify each fields ?
# 3  
Old 09-28-2010
I want to check below 3 things,
1] number of fields in each line
2] Fields should be seperated by semi-colon
3] Line should be ended with line feed \n

Could you please help me out to write shell script for this? Thanks in advance.
# 4  
Old 09-28-2010
You read awk guide first, understand what's the meaning of :


then you should know the answer.
# 5  
Old 09-28-2010
thanks for reply. but, I need to write a shell script, not awk.
# 6  
Old 09-28-2010
Hi, could you show what you have tried so far and where you are stuck?
# 7  
Old 09-28-2010
I tried below code, but not get expected output.
while read line ; do
  echo "$line"|wc -w
done < $FILE

Last edited by Franklin52; 09-28-2010 at 07:02 AM.. Reason: Use code tags please!

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