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# 8  
Old 01-05-2008
Hi porter
Should I be storing the data from csv file in a variable?

I use sybase

# 9  
Old 01-06-2008
Originally Posted by tiger99
Should I be storing the data from csv file in a variable?
I thought you would be reading the data from the separate columns then generating the "insert" SQL statements.
# 10  
Old 01-06-2008
IMHO, If your goal is to select the first column out of your csv/xls file, and then use it in a stored procedure, I would suggest that you use awk to extract out the first column into a flat file, load that file into a temp table and then reference the temp table from your stored procedure.

Not sure how many rows you will have in thie csv/xls file, but the more rows you will have, the tricky it will be to pass it into the stored procedure. Look for a more robust solution.
# 11  
Old 01-06-2008
Hi porter

sorry, I would not be doing any "insert" SQL statement.

I need to
1. use shell script to read the first column of data in csv file
2. pass the data to a sybase stored procedure using shell script
3. in the stored procedure, I would have a "select" SQL statement (i.e select * from db where id in (1234,2345,....))

1234,2345... are data from the first column of the csv file.

I hope I make my question clear

# 12  
Old 01-06-2008
this is one way how you get your first column data
# cut -f1 -d"," < csvfile | paste -sd","

you just have to assign the select statement to a variable using the above method
cmd="select * from table where id in ( `the above command` )"
isql -uUser -Sserver <options> << EOF
 exec procedure $cmd

Since you are beginner to shell, you can read up some tutorial first. see here for some tutorials

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