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Old 09-28-2007
Null Character Handling

Hi All,

I have a problem with Null values while reading line by line from a text file. I wrote a shell script to read set of file names from a text file line by line, and zipping the each individual file and copying those zip files into some separate directory, and removing the original file from current directory. My shell script is as follows

cat OCloader_gdlfiles/loaded_gdl_archive_file_list.txt | while read LINE
zip OCloader_archive/gdl_loaded/$ OCloader_gdlfiles/$LINE
rm OCloader_gdlfiles/$LINE

Note:- Here OCloader_gdlfiles is a soft link to some other directory in unix box.

Now my problem was, Suppose while reading the lines from the text file, if any null input is assigned to the LINE variable then the rm command is as follows

rm OCloader_gdlfiles/NULL

then the corresponding soft link is removing from the unix box. To avoid this how should i change my code. I don't have any idea to do this. Your help will be appriciated.
# 2  
Old 09-28-2007
By NULL, I assume you mean an empty line? If yes, then something like this?
grep -v "^$" OCloader_gdlfiles/loaded_gdl_archive_file_list.txt | while read LINE
   zip OCloader_archive/gdl_loaded/$ OCloader_gdlfiles/$LINE 
   rm OCloader_gdlfiles/$LINE

# 3  
Old 09-28-2007
Yes, you are right. For emtpty line i mentioned it as NULL. Could you please explain what exactly the grep -v "^$" will do? Thanks in advance.
# 4  
Old 09-29-2007
grep -v "^$" removes empty lines.

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