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TEXT FILES MANIPULATION VIA SHELL OR PERL SCRIPTING - NEED FEEDBACK

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CAN SOMEONE PROVIDE SAMPLE CODE ON HOW TO HANDLE TWO (2) TEXT FILES WITH RECORDS, SUCH AS PASSWORD FILES FROM TWO (2) HOSTS AND BE ABLE TO COMPARE ENTRIES ON BOTH OF THEM AND UPDATE THE SECONDARY PASSWORD FILE WITH ENTRIES FROM THE PRIMARY MASTER PASSWORD FILE?

HOST1 "/etc/passwd" file contains entries such as :
root:!:0:0::/:/usr/bin/ksh
daemon:!:1:1::/etc:
bin:!:2:2::/bin:
sys:!:3:3::/usr/sys:
adm:!:4:4::/var/adm:
uucp:!:5:5::/usr/lib/uucp:
guest:!:100:100::/home/guest:
nobody:!:4294967294:4294967294::/:
lpd:!:9:4294967294::/:
lp:*:11:11::/var/spool/lp:/bin/false
invscout:*:200:1::/var/adm/invscout:/usr/bin/ksh
nuucp:*:6:5:uucp login user:/var/spool/uucppublic:/usr/sbin/uucp/uucico
paul:!:201:1::/home/paul:/usr/bin/ksh
jdoe:*:202:1:John Doe:/home/jdoe:/usr/bin/ksh
paul:!:201:1::/home/paul:/usr/bin/ksh                          <== user acct to populate to HOST2
jdoe:*:202:1:John Doe:/home/jdoe:/usr/bin/ksh          <== user acct to populate to HOST2

HOST2 "/etc/passwd" file contains entries such as:

root:!:0:0::/:/usr/bin/ksh
daemon:!:1:1::/etc:
bin:!:2:2::/bin:
sys:!:3:3::/usr/sys:
adm:!:4:4::/var/adm:
uucp:!:5:5::/usr/lib/uucp:
guest:!:100:100::/home/guest:
nobody:!:4294967294:4294967294::/:

What I would like to do is to compare HOST2 password file against HOST1 password file entries, and harmonize HOST2 password file with missing entries from HOST1 password file, being that UID and GID are unique.

I appreciate your insight and recommendation/code samples on how to address this,

Mike McDonald

 
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perl -F: -ane 'print unless $seen{"@F[2,3]"}' host2password host1password
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by:maldonmi
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OZO:

Thanks for your prompt response. But could you please explain to me a bit the logic of this PERL one-liner.

And thanks so much.!,

Mike
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RSLE earned 500 total points
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The problem with the one liner above is you loose conflicting entries.

As you're trying to merge password files, I'm going to change your parameters... you say UID & GID are unique, however the same GID can be used by more than one user.  Instead I'm going to say UID & username are the unique fields.  With that change, my script here will merge the 2 files and for entries that use the same UID with different usernames we'll change one of the UID's.
#!/usr/bin/perl
 
$file1 = "pass1";
$file2 = "pass2";
$newfile = "pswd-combined";
 
### read in the first file and get the unique identifiers
open(HOST1, $file1);
foreach $line (<HOST1>) {
	($user, $uid) = (split(":", $line))[0,2];
	$HOST{$user} = $line;
	$UID1{$uid} = $user;
}
close(HOST1);
 
## load the UID's from file1 into another hash for unique UID
## this needs copied so the orig can be used to find duplicates
%UID = %UID1;
 
## get the UID's used and read the second file into memory
## the main goal here is to get the UID's
open(HOST2, $file2);
foreach $line (<HOST2>) {
	($user, $uid) = (split(":", $line))[0,2];
	$UID{$uid} = $user;
 
	## load the file into an array to parse later
	push(@HOST2, $line);
}
close(HOST2);
 
## work with the data in the array now
foreach $line (@HOST2) {
	($user, $uid) = (split(":", $line))[0,2];
 
	## check for duplicate UID's w/ different users
	if ($UID1{$uid} && $UID1{$uid} ne $user) {
		## find the next available UID
		$n_uid = 500;  ## where to start looking
		while ($UID{$n_uid}) { $n_uid++; }
 
		## replace the duplicate UID w/ the open one
		$line =~ s/:$uid:/:$n_uid:/;
 
		## add the new UID to the list of used UID's
		$UID{$n_uid} = $user;
	}
	## this lets host2 overwrite duplicate
	## entries or simply add any new entries
	$HOST{$user} = $line;
}
close(HOST2);
 
## now output the new combined data to the new file
open(NEW, "> $newfile");
foreach $user (keys (%HOST)) {
	print NEW $HOST{$user};
}
close(NEW);

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by:maldonmi
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RSLE:

I'll test out your PERL script, and will get back to you ASAP.

Thankyou so much for your help,

Mike
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BIG THANKYOU.!!!
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