Unix / Linux Shell: Parse Text CVS File Separator By Field

Posted on in Categories , , last updated March 4, 2014

I work for a small ISP (Internet Service Provider) and we are using Linux and Unix-like operating system with bash shell. I want to write a shell script to parse the csv file line by line. Then line must be parse again field by field. The sample input file is as follows:

example.com,username,groupname,homedir,md5password,permission,secondarygroup

I need to extract each of these example.com,username,groupname,homedir,md5password,permission,secondarygroup fields and passed to the different system utilities. How do I write a shell script to automate this task and use the bash shell to parse a text file?

Bash: Get The Last Argument Passed to a Shell Script

Posted on in Categories last updated June 26, 2012

I‘m writing a bash wrapper script that will pass arguments to the command. I need to find out the last argument if I call the wrapper as follows:

./wrapper -a -b –longarg=foo thisfilename.txt
./wrapper -a -b thisfilename.txt
./wrapper -a –next=true thisfilename.txt

Where,
=> [email protected] is all of them.
=> $0 is script name.
=> $1 is first arg.

I want thisfilename.txt stored in a shell variable called $last. How do I find the last argument passed to a shell script written in bash or ksh under Unix like operating systems?