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Old 02-26-2007
Read from data file

I have a data file formatted like this:
[Name] [Number]

Mike 3434
Jack 481
Peter 12
Alan 926

I want to get this data into 2 variables: "Names" and "Numbers" that I can using one "for" loop to get the value as Names[i] and Numbers[i]
Like this:
for i in 0 1 2 3 
   echo $Names[$i]
   echo $Numbers[$i]

Can anyone help ?
# 2  
Old 02-26-2007

# reading content of file into arrays
while read NAMES[${INDEX}] NUMBERS[${INDEX}]
done < <inputfile>

#displaying values in each array
for NAME in ${NAMES[@]}
  echo ${NAME}

for NUMBER in ${NUMBERS[@]}
  echo ${NUMBER}

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# 3  
Old 02-27-2007
How about read the content into arrays, I can use awk to read it content by column
But the challenge is how to declare array NAMES and NUMBERS,
Can you show me the way?
# 4  
Old 02-27-2007
Give a try on this...

for i in $(awk -F" " '{print NR}' new)
nam_arr[$i]=$(awk -F" " -v cnter=$i '{ if (cnter == NR) {print $1;} }' new)
num_arr[$i]=$(awk -F" " -v cnter=$i '{ if (cnter == NR) {print $2;} }' new)
# 5  
Old 02-27-2007
In my perv post, nam_arr[<index>] and num_arr[<index>] are Arrays!!!Hope this is what you need...
And 'new' is the file which contain the data
# 6  
Old 02-27-2007
It works!
Thank jacoden and sb008!
# 7  
Old 02-27-2007
Hi jacoden,

I have one questions:
Data file may contain empty lines or un-used lines (start with "#" character). Can we exclude them from the arrays.

Last edited by fongthai; 02-27-2007 at 03:09 AM..
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