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Re: [opensuse] BASH - brain teaser, can it be done without a pipe?
  • From: David Bolt <bcrafhfr@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2008 11:56:58 +0100
  • Message-id: <yqV+xFB6$cCIFwu8@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Sat, 19 Apr 2008, David C. Rankin wrote:-

04:17 trinity~/linux/scripts> tmax=0; while read a b t c; do t=$(echo
"$t" | sed -e 's/\.//'); if (( $t > $tmax )); then tmax="$t"; fi; done
< ./cputemp.log ; tmax=$(echo "$tmax" | sed -e 's/\([0-9][0-9]\)\([0-9]
\)/\1\.\2/'); echo "Max temp is: $tmax"

Well, I've unravelled it a bit

while read a a t a # no need to use different names for
dummy variables
t=${t//\./} # does a global character replace,
just like adding 'g' to the end of a 'sed' expression.
[ "${t}" -gt "${tmax}" ] && tmax="${t}" # no need for an if ... fi for this
done < ./cputemp.log
echo "Max temp is: ${tmax::$[${#tmax}-1]}.${tmax:$[${#tmax}-1]}"

And since you're in the mood for tips, here's a few more:

You can replace basename with


The ## means to strip off from the beginning of $variable the longest
part that matches the string after the ##. In this case, that's a
wildcard and a '/' so matches all characters upto the last '/'.

You can replace dirname with


The % means to strip off from the end of $variable the shortest part
that matches the string after '%'. In this case, that's a '/' and a
wildcard and so matches from the last 'l' to the end of the string.

You can use


to check if what's supposed to be a number really is:

if [ -n "${variable//[[:digit:]]/}" ]
echo "There's non-numeric characters in ${variable}"

If you're doing some processing of files found using find, as I do when
transcoding flash videos to AVIs, you can use something like:

find -type f -name "*.flv" | \
while read inpname
outname="${inpname%.flv}.avi" # strip off the .flv extender and add
outname="${dest_dir}/${outname##*/}" # now add the destination path and strip
off the source path
ffmpeg -i "${inpname}" ${ffmpeg_options} "${outname}" && \
mv "${inpname}"{,old} # if the conversion worked, rename the
source file so it doesn't get done again

David Bolt

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