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Old 10-03-2001
Question Batch file update

I have a data file with 4 columns of numbers with a space delimiters.

I have a script that I can run from the command line that will insert parameters directly on the command line. For example:

script.ksh 100 200 300 400

What I am trying to do is do a mass update using a big data file, and I don't want to type in these thousands of numbers line by line. I'm sure there is a way of doing this, but I wouldn't even know what to search on to see if it's been done before.

Can anybody help please.

# 2  
Old 10-04-2001
Assuming that your data file is called "bigdata.dat", here's a really sloppy way to do it, but it is easy-to-follow:

cat bigdata.dat |\
while read FILE ; do
script.ksh $FILE
# 3  
Old 10-04-2001
Hmm might work, but I've forgot to say one thing..

The shell script that I can run from the command line, has $VAR1 $VAR2 $VAR3 $VAR4 inside the script. So when I run it from the unix prompt I can put in script.ksh 1 2 3 4 for example.

So that $VAR1=1 and so on. Will the example do the same ?
# 4  
Old 10-04-2001
It should work.. But, copy all your files to a temporary location and test thoroughly...

I might point out that the reason I called it "sloppy" is because it does not sanity checking on the data.. For example, it does not make sure that everything is "numeric", nor does it verify that there are 4 fields on each line of you "big data file"....

A truly better solution would be to design your "script.ksh" to accept 2 forms on input, one from the command line and the other from STDIN... The reason for this is everytime that "script.ksh" is run it must fork off a new process, which takes time... If the number of files to be updated are extremely large (say 1000 or more?) it will be a noticable difference....

If you wish to post your script.ksh here I will be delighted to offer a more comprehensive analysis for you...

- dEvNuL
# 5  
Old 10-04-2001


Your solution worked a treat...

Many thanks for that.. One for my handy unix comands book I me thinks..

You have just saved me having to do 20.000 rows..

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