Referencing a text line in Linux

Hi,

I'm new to Linux and I’m trying to write a simple script to reference lines in a text file and perform math. I have the basics of what I from doing some research online but I cant find how to reference text within a text file.

#!/bin/bash
var2= "needs to referance line 4 of file calc2"
var3= "needs to referance line 5 of fil calc3"
var4=$[$var2 / $var3]
echo calculation is $var4
JacobCAsked:
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woolmilkporcConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi,

this can be done with sed:

var2=$(sed -n '4p' calc2)
var3=$(sed -n '5p' calc3)

var4=$(($var2 / $var3))    # Integer math only!
echo calculation is $var4

Or with awk:

var2=$(awk 'NR==4 {print}' calc2)
var3=$(awk 'NR==5 {print}' calc3)

var4=$(awk -v v2=$var2 -v v3=$var4 'BEGIN {printf "%f\n", v2/v3}')  # Floating point math!
echo calculation is $var4

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JacobCAuthor Commented:
awk says
awk: fatal: division by zero attempted

sed says
awk: fatal: division by zero attempted
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woolmilkporcCommented:
OK,

so line 5 of calc3 contains zero. I'd claim not being responsible for this.

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JacobCAuthor Commented:
Oops I’m sorry I messed up my file names, it works great!

Do you know any good reference sites I can read up on to get a better understanding? I know how to do basic math in Linux but I want to learn more about exporting/importing information out of files into equations.
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woolmilkporcCommented:
This is the bash reference manual:

http://www.gnu.org/s/bash/manual/bash.html

Selecting from files (to assign variables for later use e.g. in calculations) can be done with sed, awk, perl, and also with combinations of "head", "tail" and "cut". There are many ways, "read" and "set" can also be used in particular situations.

See the manpages of sed, awk, head, tail, cut etc.

This is for GNU sed:
http://www.gnu.org/software/sed/manual/sed.html

and GNU awk:
http://www.gnu.org/s/gawk/manual/gawk.html

Perl is a very powerful programming language. A tutorial:
http://www.perltutorial.org/

Have fun!

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