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Re: [vox-tech] BASH: ignore space in for loop
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Re: [vox-tech] BASH: ignore space in for loop

On Wed, 20 Oct 2004, Dylan Beaudette wrote:

> Hi --
> Can't seem to figure out how to make this BASH script do what I would like it 
> to do:
> I have 2 files: 
> file A:
> Name of place 1
> Name of place 2
> ...
> file B:
> Name of place 1 [tab] code1
> Name of place 1 [tab] code1
> ...
> The "Name of place" values often have spaces in them, which seems to be 
> confusing a for loop in bash:
> running:
> for this_quadname in `cat file_a`; do echo grep -i "$this_quadname" file_b ; 
> done 
> produces this:
> grep -i 'Name' file_b
> grep -i 'of' file_b
> grep -i 'place'  file_b
> ...so it would seem that the for loop is iterating over both spaces AND 
> newlines in the `cat file_a` expression...


Try using a while-read loop instead:

while read line; do grep "$line" test2.txt; done < test.txt

Or in your case:

while read this_quadname; do
echo grep -i "$this_quadname" file_b ; 
done < file_a

LMK if it works!


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