Use while loop to read file and use ${file} for both filename input into awk and as string to print

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Old 05-16-2017
Use while loop to read file and use ${file} for both filename input into awk and as string to print

I have files named with different prefixes. From each I want to extract the first line containing a specific string, and then print that line along with the prefix.

I've tried to do this with a while loop, but instead of printing the prefix I print the first line of the file twice.

cat prefixes.txt 

cat N2_A_ko.txt 
K02234  6.24
K02588  14.971
K02588|unclassified     14.971

cat N2_O_ko.txt 
K02588  2.647
K02588|unclassified     2.647
K02233 3.45

Here's what I've tried:
while read file
awk -OFS'\t' '/K02588/ {print $var,$1,$2; exit}' ${file}_ko.txt > ${file}_nifh.txt
done < prefixes.txt

But, again, instead of printing the prefix as the first column, it prints the first line of the file.
cat N2_A_nifh.txt 
K02588  14.971 K02588   14.971 

cat N2_O_nifh.txt 
K02588  2.647 K02588    2.647

# 2  
Old 05-16-2017
You're close, but shell variables aren't known in an awk script unless you explicitly pass them in. And, in awk $var prints the field named by the field number contained in the awk variable var (and since var hasn't been defined in your awk script it expanded to $0 which is the contents of the current line). Try:
while read file
do	awk -F'\t' -v var="$file" '/K02588/ {print var,$1,$2; exit}' "${file}_ko.txt" > "${file}_nifh.txt"
done < prefixes.txt

This User Gave Thanks to Don Cragun For This Post:
# 3  
Old 05-17-2017
Can be elegantly done with shell builtins
while read file
  while read id w wr
    case $id in
    K02588 )
      printf "%s\t%s\t%s\n" "$file" "$id" "$w"
  done <"$file"_ko.txt >"$file"_nifh.txt
done < prefixes.txt

EDIT: just seeing it is not always found in the first line, therefore added another while loop (and actually the previous awk solution does this loop)

Last edited by MadeInGermany; 05-17-2017 at 05:54 AM..
# 4  
Old 05-17-2017
You didn't say which awk you are using. If your awk is linked to nawk or gawk, there is also an alternative to the solution posted by Don Cragun, in that you could export your shell variable (so that it becomes an environment variable) and use awk's built-in ENVIRON array to access it. If you follow this route, I strongly recommend to write the variable in all-uppercase.
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