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The following code keeps encountering an error because of the table name, which happens to be 2010-11-28. In SQL, i can fix this by adding ` around the table name. However, I can;t seem to figure out how to do it in a shell script. Adding ` around the table name variable nullifies it. How can I add this?
#!/bin/bash

USERNAME='testuser'
PASSWORD='testuser'
TABLENAME=$(date --date=tomorrow +"%Y-%m-%d")

for a in $(cat servers.txt); do 

	for b in 1 2 3
	do

		for c in $(cat databases.txt); do 

			mysql -h $a -u$USERNAME -p$PASSWORD --socket=/var/lib/mysql/mysqld$b/mysql.sock $c -e "SELECT * FROM $TABLENAME;"

		done

	done

done

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I think the problem may come from the semicolon in the end. Change it to \; and try it again, like this:
mysql -h $a -u$USERNAME -p$PASSWORD --socket=/var/lib/mysql/mysqld$b/mysql.sock $c -e "SELECT * FROM $TABLENAME\;"

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you need to replace the -'s with \-  i am looking for something to help you.

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by:themrrobert
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acually chrios's answer appears to be correct, i wasnt focused on that part. goodluck to you, reply if you still need my assistance
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Oh, and sometimes it is better to use the variable form ${myvar} instead of $myvar. That way you can use ${myvar}abc and bash will not get confused when looking for $myvarabc.
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Can you use

"SELECT * FROM '$TABLENAME';"
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by:plecostomus
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The semi colon isn't an issue. The problem is the table name. The select statement looks like this:

SELECT * FROM 2010-11-28;

In mysql, this fails. However, if you add "`" to it, it works. Thus, I am trying to create this:

"SELECT * FROM `${TABLENAME}`;"

However. the "`" nullifies the variable. I tried this, "SELECT * FROM \`${TABLENAME}\`;", but it doesn't seem to work either.
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by:chrios
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If he needs to use ` he must escape them first, or bash will interpret them.

 \`${TABLENAME}\` should work. I guess the complete line would look something like this:
mysql -h $a -u$USERNAME -p$PASSWORD --socket=/var/lib/mysql/mysqld$b/mysql.sock $c -e "SELECT * FROM  \`${TABLENAME}\`\;"

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I see, try escaping the " as well with \" and see if that works.
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Sorry for the guesswork so far. I tried running some tests in my own terminal and perhaps this will help you more.

It seems like escaping " * ; and ' should make it work. This code:

for TABLENAME in foo bar "baz asd"; do echo \"SELECT \* FROM \`$TABLENAME\`\;\"; done

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generates the following output:
"SELECT * FROM `foo`;"
"SELECT * FROM `bar`;"
"SELECT * FROM `baz asd`;"

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Is that closer to what you need?
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by:ivailoj
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remove any \` and ` just leave clear table name with ; at the end and try.
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