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# 1  
Old 06-01-2016
Comparing two CSV files

I have two csv files and im trying to compare them. e.g.

SAMPLE DATA:

file one:
Code:
ZipCode            Name
20878             Washington
10023              Missouri
20304              Maryland

file two:
Code:
ID                 Name            City                 ZipCode
11654      Arizona               Phoenix              10001
12343     Washington             DC                   20878
12343     New Hampshire      Concord             20854
54211        Maryland           Silver Spring         20304             
54877       Missouri              St. Louis             10023

SAMPLE OUTPUT:

Code:
12343     Washington             DC                   20878
54211        Maryland           Silver Spring         20304             
54877       Missouri              St. Louis             10023

These 3 rows only display because they are the rows we were looking for from file 1. Basically filtering file2 by zipcode to display all the zipcodes from file 1 but including all the other data components of file 2.

these files have like tens of thousands of rows so I wanted to retrieve all the rows in file 2 that exist with the same zip code in file 1. I thought this would be like an awk command like :

Code:
awk*-F','*'NR==FNR{c[$1]++;next};c[$4] > 0'*file2 file1


Am I not understanding the AWK command or typing something wrong? Comparing field 1 from file 1 to field 4 from file 2.




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Last edited by RudiC; 06-01-2016 at 07:42 PM.. Reason: Added code tags.
# 2  
Old 06-01-2016
Quote:
Originally Posted by dan139
I have two csv files and im trying to compare them. e.g.

file one:
Code:
ZipCode   Name
20878      Washington

file two:
Code:
ID           Name     City           ZipCode Etc etc
11654      Arizona   Phoenix    10001
12343     Washington DC        20878
etc etc

these files have like tens of thousands of rows so I wanted to retrieve all the rows in file 2 that exist with the same zip code in file 1. I thought this would be like an awk command like :

Code:
awk*-F','*'NR==FNR{c[$1]++;next};c[$4] > 0'*file2 file1


Am I not understanding the AWK command or typing something wrong? Comparing field 1 from file 1 to field 4 from file 2.
Hi, dan139

It would be much helpful if you were to give a few more lines from file1 and file2, in that way we can see what's the real structure of the files, which it will make a difference. Also, it would be most helpful if you were to post your expected output example.

Make sure you use the the code tag for your posts, that preserves the structure of it. My quote of your first post has an example how I code tagged your entries. Make sure it looks the same.
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# 3  
Old 06-01-2016
Added a more detailed response. let me know if you need more clarification.

basically taking all of the zips from file 1 and getting the rows for those same zips in file 2.
# 4  
Old 06-01-2016
Give this a try:
Code:
awk 'FNR==NR {zip[$1]; next} $NF in zip' file1 file2

Code:
FNR==NR # this condition is true only for the first file
{zip[$1]; next} # record the zips from file1 only
$NF in zip # if the zip, (last column) in file2, is found in the records, display

Output:
Code:
ID                 Name            City                 ZipCode
12343     Washington             DC                   20878
54211        Maryland           Silver Spring         20304
54877       Missouri              St. Louis             10023

# 5  
Old 06-01-2016
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aia
Give this a try:
Code:
awk 'FNR==NR {zip[$1]; next} $NF in zip' file1 file2

Code:
FNR==NR # this condition is true only for the first file
{zip[$1]; next} # record the zips from file1 only
$NF in zip # if the zip, (last column) in file2, is found in the records, display

Output:
Code:
ID                 Name            City                 ZipCode
12343     Washington             DC                   20878
54211        Maryland           Silver Spring         20304
54877       Missouri              St. Louis             10023


Thanks for the reply. So I realized that my data in file 2, it has the Zipcode in column #2, not the last the column. would the command be:

Code:
awk 'FNR==NR {zip[$1]; next} $2 in zip' file1 file2

I tried both versions and nothing was in the output so not really sure.
# 6  
Old 06-01-2016
Quote:
Originally Posted by dan139
Thanks for the reply. So I realized that my data in file 2, it has the Zipcode in column #2, not the last the column. would the command be:

Code:
awk 'FNR==NR {zip[$1]; next} $2 in zip' file1 file2

I tried both versions and nothing was in the output so not really sure.
That's why it is important to post accurate representative information.
To answer your last question: Yes, your modification "should" work if what you are saying is factual. However, since you are not getting any output that could only mean that what you think is not accurate, neither.

Please, post the real information for file2
# 7  
Old 06-01-2016
Quote:
Originally Posted by dan139
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Code:
awk*-F','*'NR==FNR{c[$1]++;next};c[$4] > 0'*file2 file1


Am I not understanding the AWK command or typing something wrong? Comparing field 1 from file 1 to field 4 from file 2.
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You were close.
- What are the stars for? Replace by spaces.
- Why did you specify the comma field separator when there's not a single comma in any of your files? Remove, use default.
- Due to the spaces in city names, $4 is not always the zip code in file2. Use $NF.
- file1 should be used to populate the array. Reverse the files.


For your new approach with the zip code in $2, I can't see why it shouldn't work; actually it does for me.

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