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# 1  
Old 09-05-2001
grep problem


I would like to know wheather there is anyway to pass a variable to grep argument like this

grep "$myvar" $myfile

i would put this in a function and then call this function by setting different values to myvar and myfile.

is this possible at all.

# 2  
Old 09-05-2001

Yeah, give it a shot, let us know if you have any problems with it! I'm pretty sure what you're describing will work - I have written similar scripts in the past.
# 3  
Old 09-05-2001
try single quotes.
# 4  
Old 09-06-2001
do u folks mean this


Do you mean to say i can do this using the following.

grep '$myvar' $myfile

# 5  
Old 09-06-2001
you could try it. but from what i recall. by default grep will take 2 arguemnts. and if the argument is part of the metacharter set it ie your "$" will make the next charters a variable.

First: try without any quotes. if that does not work try w/ single quotes around each variable.

also makesure you echo your variable befor the grep statement (just for testing) to make sure you are passing information to the variable.

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