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Old 03-28-2008
Java how would you solve this problem?

I have a file process.txt

I wanted to just grab data in "process" column.

Name process process_id status

Adminserver adminserver 22669 Running
Browser Engine browserengine 22846 Running
Cache Manager cachemanager 22740 Running
CG Log Dispatcher cglogdispatcher 22905 Running
Clarity clarity_webcluster 22950 Running
Query Completion Server completionserver 22782 Running

So I did this, but the problem is that I have to keep on piping to perl to get rid of spaces as long as there are in "Name" column so that awk can know what is in $2.

$ cat stuff | perl -pe 's,\ ,,' | perl -pe 's,\ ,,' | awk '{print $2}'

How would you resolve this?

Last edited by Neo; 03-28-2008 at 12:58 PM.. Reason: Edited profanity: Warning to soemac
# 2  
Old 03-28-2008
# cat shit | awk '{print $(NF-1)}'
# 3  
Old 03-28-2008
Take a look at (g)awks match function.
# 4  
Old 03-28-2008
From the example you give for file process.txt, it has either 4,5 or 6 fields,
dependant on how many spaces are in the "Name" field.

awk ' BEGIN { FS=" " } NF == "4" { print $2 } NF == "5" { print $3  } NF == "6" { print $4  }' process.txt

# 5  
Old 03-28-2008
I think redhat's solution would work if you only:

1. Change shit with process.txt
2. Change NF-1 with NF-2

# 6  
Old 03-28-2008
... and lose the Useless Use of Cat, for a full ten points. (^;
# 7  
Old 03-28-2008
Sorry, I was on a power trip there, so I let the cat out of the bag Smilie

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