Assign comma separated values to a variable

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Corona688 posted an elegant solution for your original specification, that gets rid of excess spaces but it would not work right for the second sample.

In addition to what rbatte posted, another way to get rid of the leading space after the comma would be:

while IFS=, read field1 field2 
  echo "${field2# }" 
done < input.txt > allINeed.txt

Note: this only works if there are exactly two fields, if there can be more you would need to add a third variable to the read command..
while IFS=, read field1 field2 field3
  echo "${field2# }" 
done < input.txt > allINeed.txt

Another note, to get consistent results independent of input, the safest approach would be to use printf, rather than echo
printf "%s\n" "${field2# }"

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 03-29-2017 at 02:43 PM..
# 9  
Thank you all so much for your help. I reviewed a few of these, and I think that the most efficient way of doing this is using:


# 10  
If you want to catch col#2 and trimm the leading spaces
awk -F', *' '{print $2}' input.txt

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