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Old 04-05-2002
use information from file for command

Do anyone show me the way to use PIDs stocked in an external file as entries for a command.

ex : for the command PFILES


thanks
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Old 04-07-2002
Sorry, I do not know what you mean by PFILES. But if you have data in a file (or piped output from a command) that you want to process on a line-by-line basis, you can use the for command. If the data to process is only the PIDs and nothing else, then:
Code:
for PID in `cat myPIDfile`
   do
   echo "Processing $PID ..."
   done

Or if you did ps -f -ujdoe > jdoe.PIDs and you now want to process that file, you could do:
Code:
for PID in `awk 'BEGIN {getline} {print $2}' jdoe.PIDs`
   do
   echo "Processing $PID ..."
   done

awk bypasses the ps header line, then outputs word 2 for each line, and this list of words is processed by the for command. To give a very simply example of the for command:
Code:
for word in This is a test of the for command.
   do
   echo $word
   done

Jimbo

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