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# 1  
Old 01-08-2008
Need help in setting up a script..

Hi
i need to have a update for a file that updates only the last modified content from another file....

say for example....if file A is having content like
.
.
.
hatxxxx
catxxxx
ratxxxx
and file B(the file to be updated is having content as
hatxxxx
catxxxx
then file B has to be updated/appended with the last modified content(i.e rat in this case) so as to look like
hatxxxx
catxxxx
ratxxxx
plz help someone with a script.
# 2  
Old 01-09-2008
My understanding of what you are after:
Scan through file A looking for a block of text identical to the entire contents of file B.
Once found, read everything after that block of text in file A and append it to file B.

Right?

Last edited by Smiling Dragon; 01-09-2008 at 12:16 AM..
# 3  
Old 01-09-2008
Code:
#!/bin/sh
size=`wc -c $2 | awk '{ print $1 }'`
offset=0
while true
do
  dd if=$1 of=temp.$$ bs=1 skip=$offset count=$size > /dev/null 2>&1
  if diff temp.$$ $2 > /dev/null 2>&1
  then
    offset=`expr $offset + $size`
    dd if=$1 bs=1 skip=$offset >> $2
    rm temp.$$
    exit
  else
    offset=`expr $offset + 1`
  fi
done

Usage: scriptname.sh fileA fileB
(Appends to fileB)
# 4  
Old 01-09-2008
Thanks...exactly what i require...excellent job.

need some clarification....what does this statement do dd if=$1 of=temp.$$ bs=1 skip=$offset count=$size > /dev/null 2>&1

Last edited by spikywits; 01-09-2008 at 12:58 AM..
# 5  
Old 01-09-2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by spikywits
Hi
i need to have a update for a file that updates only the last modified content from another file....

say for example....if file A is having content like
.
.
.
hatxxxx
catxxxx
ratxxxx
and file B(the file to be updated is having content as
hatxxxx
catxxxx
then file B has to be updated/appended with the last modified content(i.e rat in this case) so as to look like
hatxxxx
catxxxx
ratxxxx
plz help someone with a script.

just to get you started, here's one way.
Code:
# comm -3 file file1
ratxxxx

Then you can just pipe this output to B.
# 6  
Old 01-09-2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by ghostdog74
just to get you started, here's one way.
Code:
# comm -3 file file1
ratxxxx

Then you can just pipe this output to B.
Can i do the same with diff command...
what -3 in that command do?
# 7  
Old 01-09-2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by spikywits
Can i do the same with diff command...
yes. should be able to . check the man page for diff
Quote:
what -3 in that command do?
man comm.

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