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Grep Not Working After Changing Variable

Posted on 2013-05-10
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From the command line, cat test | grep 'hello' works. But not when I change it within my script. Basically, trying to resolve an issue is user does a grep without using the ' (needed for multiple search).

I'm trying to manipulate grep so that this command would work: bash run hello:new

#!/bin/bash

if [ -n "$1" ]
then
  string=`echo "'${1/:/\\|}'"`;
  echo $string;
  cat test | grep $string;
fi

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Question by:Neapolitan23
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Try
string=${1/:/\\|}
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by:simon3270
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I don't think you need either the single quotes or the backslashes.  I just replaced the middle section with:
    string=${1//:/|}
    echo $string
    cat test | egrep "$string"

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Note the "//" after the 1 in the first line - this replaces all colons with vertical bars, not just the first one (if there is more than one).  Also the "egrep" (or "grep -E" if you prefer), which is needed to search for these multiple strings.
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by:ozo
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Also,
 cat test |
is a Useless Use Of Cat when you can do
 grep $string < test
or
 grep $string  test


Even easier, you might
egrep $1
and call the script with  'peter|chris' instead of peter:chris
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by:Neapolitan23
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Dude, you are amazing. Thanks!
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by:Neapolitan23
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ozo: Your solution worked. And it works for multiple search even with regular grep.
simon3270: Your solution worked as well. The added value here was adding the extra / so that it can support multiple replace of :.

Very cool. And thanks to you both!
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