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shell script - reading line by line

shell script - reading line by line

shell script - reading line by line


I'm just starting to use shell script so I'm probably approaching this wrong.

I'm referencing txt files in a directory then reading the file line by line and would like to save part of a specific line.
The line I'm interested in looks like:


Job Name = company:jobname

Here is the main section of the script:


for xfile in *.txt
   echo $xfile
   while read line
       # Look at the first 8 characters of the line
       # WORKS echo $linetxt|cut -c1-8

       # DOESN'T WORK extrtxt=$linetxt|cut -c1-8
       # echo $extrtxt

       # if [ '$extrtxt' = 'Job Name' ]; then
       #   echo $jobname
       # fi
   done < $xfile
#   mail -s "subject name" email@test.com < $xfile   

I'm trying to get it working in sections.
Ultimately I want the text to the right of the equal sign of the job name section to appear as the email subject.

How do I save the cut portion to a variable?


If at first you don't succeed, then sky diving wasn't meant for you!

RE: shell script - reading line by line

I just found another reference and the first hurdle seems to be over come.

I needed to use:


extrtxt=`echo $linetxt|cut -c1-8` 

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