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# 1  
Old 04-06-2006
Question Breaking strings into Substrings

I'm only new to shell programming and have been given a task to do a program in .sh, however I've come to a point where I'm not sure what to do. This is my code so far:
# process all arguments (i.e. loop while $1 is present)
while [ -n "$1" ] ; do
# echo "Arg is $1"

case $1 in
-h*|-H*) echo "help msg1" ; echo "help msg2" ;
shift ;;

[12][0-9][0-9][0-9]) the_year=$1 ;
shift ;;

Jan*|jan*|JAN*) the_month="Jan" ; shift ;;
Feb*|feb*|FEB*) the_month="Feb" ; shift ;;
Mar*|mar*|MAR*) the_month="Mar" ; shift ;;
Apr*|apr*|APR*) the_month="Apr" ; shift ;;
May*|may*|MAY*) the_month="May" ; shift ;;
Jun*|jun*|JUN*) the_month="Jun" ; shift ;;
Jul*|jul*|JUL*) the_month="Jul" ; shift ;;
Aug*|aug*|AUG*) the_month="Aug" ; shift ;;
Sep*|sep*|SEP*) the_month="Sep" ; shift ;;
Oct*|oct*|OCT*) the_month="Oct" ; shift ;;
Nov*|nov*|NOV*) the_month="Nov" ; shift ;;
Dec*|dec*|DEC*) the_month="Dec" ; shift ;;

*) echo "? unrecognised input: $1" ;
shift ;;

echo "Got month: $the_month"
echo "Got year: $the_year"

IFS="/"; while read file
set -- $file
set -- $1

if [ "$3" = "$the_year" ]
echo $file
count=`expr $count + 1`
if [ "$2" = "$the_month" ]
echo $file
count=`expr $count + 1`
done < my_sample_log2.txt
echo $count
What my problem is where the IFS changes happen. I need to break the text into substrings based on field separators of "/" - only interested in the month and year patterns. Also need a counter/s which are updated according to the substrings found in the input data.

My program isn't working, and I have a feeling it is to do with two IFS changes, but I don't know how else to break the string up to just get the Month or year. The lines in the file look something like: - - [01/Mar/2006:01:28:59 +1000] "GET /file.txt HTTP/1.0" 404 282

# 2  
Old 04-06-2006
Originally Posted by switch
have been given a task to do a program in .sh,
Is it homework ? Homework posts are not allowed in this forum.

Since you have quite a bit, here is a little modification that you could use.

IFS="/"; while read file
set -- $file
set -- $1

will become

while IFS="/" read day month year rest

Modify the rest accordingly.
# 3  
Old 04-06-2006
No, it isn't homework. Just something I'm trying to do to try and extend learning of shell, which isn't working very well.

Thank you for that input, however I am still having the same main issue. I can't extract the year from that sequence with just changing the IFS to /, as the year has 2006:01:28:59 +1000] "GET due to that being the next argument till the next /. That is why I was attempting to then change the IFS to a : to get just the 2006 from that substring, thus it never steps into the year if statement.

Thanks again.
# 4  
Old 04-06-2006
Include : as a delimiter too.

while IFS="/:" read day month year rest

# 5  
Old 04-06-2006
Haha. Feel so stupid now, I didn't realise you could include two delimiters in the one IFS statement. Doh. But that now works, thanks heaps and now I can do some further progress!

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