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# 1  
Old 06-14-2012
a shell script to generate an excel sheet from a text file..

hi,
i have a text file that looks like this!
i want to generate an excel sheet out of it, removing all the junk data except the addresses
that look like

Code:
 . [32]Arrow Electrical Services
       Rotating Machinery, Electrical Contracting & Mining Specialists
       Onsite maintenance, breakdown service. Rotating machinery,
       electrical contracting, variable speed drives, mining services.
       109 Auburn St, Wollongong NSW 2500
       ph: (02) 4229 8094
            [33]www.arrow-electrical.com.au

and
Code:
. [109]JOEST Australia Pty Ltd
       70-72 Sheffield Rd, Welshpool WA 6106
       ph: (08) 9358 3740

i am new to linux and i managed to make that file using shell script.. and struggling with the furthur process,
can somebody help me out..

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 06-14-2012 at 04:45 AM.. Reason: quote tags changed to code tags
# 2  
Old 06-14-2012
Something like this?
Code:
awk '$2 ~ /\. \[/{$1=x; print}' RS=\* FS='\n' OFS='\n' infile

# 3  
Old 06-14-2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scrutinizer
Something like this?
Code:
awk '$2 ~ /\. \[/{$1=x; print}' RS=\* FS='\n' OFS='\n' infile


thats good buddy..
but how do i generate an excel sheet?
that was the issue i was facing!Smilie
# 4  
Old 06-14-2012
By changing OFS:
Code:
awk '$2 ~ /\. \[/{$1=x; print}' RS=\*  FS='\n' OFS='|' infile

# 5  
Old 06-14-2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scrutinizer
By changing OFS:
Code:
awk '$2 ~ /\. \[/{$1=x; print}' RS=\*  FS='\n' OFS='|' infile


cool thanks a lot buddy!
but can i ask for another favour?
the problem is the address length is varying and the order in the csv isnt proper..
like one record shows two cells of address while other 1 cell.. can we do anythingto that?

btw thanks againSmilie
# 6  
Old 06-14-2012
Do you mean like this?
Code:
awk '$2 ~ /\. \[/{print $2,$(NF-2),$(NF-1),$NF}' RS=\* FS='\n' OFS='|' infile

# 7  
Old 06-14-2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scrutinizer
Do you mean like this?
Code:
awk '$2 ~ /\. \[/{print $2,$(NF-2),$(NF-1),$NF}' RS=\* FS='\n' OFS='|' infile

nope! that command is deleting a lot of data! Smilie

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