does bash have arrays that i can push into and run a for loop against?

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Old 03-25-2011
does bash have arrays that i can push into and run a for loop against?


I have a bash script where i need to push some values into an array and when finished, run a for loop against that array for example


beef| meat
carrot| veg

for LINE in `cat myfile`; do
   FOOD=`echo $LINE | cut -d\| -f1`
   TYPE=`echo $LINE | cut -d\| -f2`
    case $TYPE in 

             <push $FOOD into an array called @MEAT or something>
             <push $FOOD into an array called @VEG or something>

for element in @MEAT; do
    echo "I really like the meat called $@MEAT"

for element in @VEG; do
    echo "I really like the vegetable called $@VEG"

I know what I have done here is a syntactically incorrect (and mixes perl and bash all over the place :-))

but is what im doing above possible ? i.e can I push into an array with an ever incrementing element number (that i dont have to define) and then can I run a 'for' loop against the whole array ?

Id also like to perform a count against elements in a bash array as well if thats possible ?

i.e. if count of elements is more than 1 then use plural words etc etc

i know how to do all of this in perl, but is it possible in bash?

any help would be greatly appreciated
# 2  
Old 03-25-2011
Something like:
bash code:
  1. while IFS='|' read FOOD TYPE ; do
  2.     case $TYPE in
  3.     meat)
  4.         MEAT=( "${MEAT[@]}" "$FOOD" )
  5.         # MEAT[${#MEAT[@]}]="$FOOD" would work too (see below)
  6.     ;;
  7.     veg)
  8.         VEG&#91;${#VEG[@]}]="$FOOD"
  9.    ;;
  10.    esac
  11. done <myfile
  12. for element in "${MEAT[@]}"; do
  13.     echo "I really like the meat called $element"
  14. done
  15. for element in "${VEG[@]}"; do
  16.     echo "I really like the vegetable called $element"
  17. done
# 3  
Old 03-25-2011
Or another solution:
while read ; do
   TYPE=`echo ${REPLY#*|}`  # use echo to trim leading spaces
  case $TYPE in 
done < myfile
for element in "${MEAT[@]}"; do
    echo "I really like the meat called $element"
for element in "${VEG[@]}"; do
    echo "I really like the vegetable called $element"

Last edited by Chubler_XL; 03-25-2011 at 04:00 PM..
# 4  
Old 03-25-2011
You might also find it useful to check out useless use of backticks. Unlike perl, you can't cram things of unlimited size into a shell variable or argument list, so your programs might start surprising you once the file grows beyond 64KB (or even 4KB on some systems). This is an operating system limit.

Instead, whenever you have
for LINE in `cat file`

you do
while read LINE
done < file

so you never need more than a line at a time stored in a variable. This also avoids creating an extra do-nothing process (cat).

You can even do token splitting with read like frans illustrated.
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# 5  
Old 03-28-2011
thanks everyone for the great responses, really helpful
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