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Old 09-21-2012
awk search/replace specific field, using variables for regexp & subsitution then overwrite file

I'm trying the solve the following problem.
I have a file which I intend to use as a csv called master.csv
The columns are separated by commas.
I want to change the text on a specific row in either column 3,4,5 or 6 from xxx to yyy depending upon if column 1 matches a specified pattern.
The column to change (i.e. 3/4/5/6) is dependent upon the value of the variable in a nested loop
The awk statement is located within a nested loop of a parent loop. It will use the variable value from the parent loop for column 1 and the variable value from the nested loop for column 3/4/5/6.
Below is an example of the code:
#Update the CSV file
cat $USERDUMP |awk -F , '{print $1}' |sort -u |\
 while read username
     grep $username $DATADUMP.$LOOP_LIST >> /dev/null 2>&1
     if [[ $RET_CODE -eq 0  ]]
          echo    "User $username exists on $LOOP_LIST"
          awk -F "," -v user=$username -v server=$LOOP_LIST '/$user/ {gsub(/$server/,"Yes"); print}' master.csv
          echo "User $username does not have account on $LOOP_LIST"

I know there are a few problems with my awk statement:
firstly, When passing the variables to awk nothing is produced by the print command.
I have tried the above on the command line using fixed values and I get the output I require:
$ awk -F "," '/userA/ {gsub(/ServerA/,"Yes"); print }' master.csv

However, this creates another problem as I want to edit the master csv file. I can't redirect the awk stdout to a temp file then move back because I'd lose all the other entries. The only workarounds I can see for this problem are:
a) using awk to print the entire list with the changes applied, then I can use temp file. I'm not sure this is even possible as it defys the point of using awk pattern matching to print specific columns/rows.
b) run sed -i within the awk command (i've been googling the syntax to this but can't find it).
Apologies that was long winded. If you want me to clarify anything please let me know.
In essence I want to know:
1) how to pass multiple variables to awk command and use them in an regular expression & subsitution
2) how to edit the master csv file
Any help/advice would be much appreciated
# 2  
Old 09-21-2012
sed -i  "/$user/ s/$server/Yes/" master.csv_bkp

I would strongly recommend and i believe you would you use this on a backup file first and test..
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Old 09-21-2012
Please post:
1) sample of $USERDUMP,
2) contents of $SERVER_LIST,
3) sample of $DATADUMP.$LOOP_LIST (at least 1 file), and
4) sample output.

This will be very much helpful to people to provide an efficient solution to your problem.
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cyphex (09-23-2012)
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Old 09-23-2012
I used the sed code instead of the awk command and this has given me exactly what I wanted!
Thanks for the help guys
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