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Old 09-06-2011
setting a shell script variable in awk

The following is part of a larger shell script

grep -v "Col1" my_test.log | grep -v "-" | awk  '$5 == "Y" {print $1}'

instead of printing, can I set set $1 to a variable that the rest of the shell script can read?

if $5 == Y, I want to call another shell script and pass $1 as a variable.
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Old 09-06-2011
awk -v sets a variable

Such that...
I assign variable parm to the result of a calculation
Show that it is set
Then print out that "6th" column in an awk statement
*Note that I set col (within awk) to be equal to variable parm
$ parm=$(ls sample*.txt | wc -l)

$ echo $parm

$ head sample3.txt | awk -v col=$parm '{print $col}'

Are you trying to do something like this?
Without seeing your file(s), it is hard to understand what you are trying to do.
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Old 09-06-2011
If you use awk instead of grep then you can set $1 into a local variable:

new_var=$(awk '!/Col1/ && !/-/ && $5=="Y"{print $1}' my_test.log)

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