bash script to find date based on search string for continuesly updating file

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Old 06-01-2012
bash script to find date based on search string for continuesly updating file

Hi All,

I am very new to UNIX and I have tried this for a longtime now and unable to crack it....

There is a file that is continuously updating. I need to search for the string and find the date @ which it updated every day.....


String is "work started"
The log entry is as below:

2020 Jan 01 15:45 The work that has been scheduled has been picked up | Now the work will start within few mins | Thanks for Waiting fo so long for the work to start | work started |

Now i need to find the entry "work started "... if it is found i need the date "2020 Jan 01 15:45" to be recorded...

the crack point is that the when i search on the first day i can find it... so what can i do for the second day???

Help me out guys....

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 06-02-2012 at 02:51 AM.. Reason: code tags
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Old 06-02-2012
Hi, try:
awk '/work started/{print $1,$2,$3,$4}' file

Otherwise what have you tried that only found the first entry?
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