awk printf

Posted on 2013-06-06
Last Modified: 2013-06-07
In the below script, I wanted to know what is awk doing, is that printing the string and what is $0. Also, can we use print instead of printf here... what is the difference between these two.

#!/bin/ksh -xve
echo   'Loading  load_schedule  in ods  started'
businessdate=`echo "set heading off
set pagesize 0
set feedback off
from control " \
|sqlplus -s $odsuser/$odspass |awk '{printf"%s",$0}'`
echo $businessdate

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Question by:d27m11y
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Expert Comment

ID: 39226267
If I am not mistaken (been very long since I scripted) it seems to me that it uses awk (and printf) to simply print the result from the select statement.

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ID: 39226667
The $0 in awk just print the entire row as it is. With printf you can convert and print each field with your format you like (decimal, string etc)

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ID: 39226891
printf %s - is this printing the string ?
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Expert Comment

ID: 39226903
Yes :)

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ID: 39226937
$0 - does this get entire previous select statement in the shell ?
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simon3270 earned 250 total points
ID: 39227284
printf "%s", $0
will print each line in its input, without a trailing newline.  So, if the "SELECT" produces multiple lines, they would be printed all on one line.

I think someone has assumed that the trailing newline would be in the text assigned to the businessdate variable - in fact backticks swallow that trailing newline, so if there is only one line in the SELECT output, the entire awk sattement is not required.  If there are multiple lines, it does ensure that they are all on a single line in the businessdate variable.
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simon3270 earned 250 total points
ID: 39227291
"print", on the other hand, *does* put a trailing newline after the text it writes, so mulitple SELECT output lines would appear as multiple lines in $businessdate.

To get newlines in printf, use \n, as in:
    printf "%s\n", $0
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Expert Comment

ID: 39228307
The awk statement is redundant, as you could just do

echo -n $businessdate

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Expert Comment

ID: 39228417
"echo -n" isn't required either - in all cases, $businessdate doesn't have a trailing newline because of the backticks.

As I said, the awk is only required if the sqplplus writes multiple output lines, and they need to be on a single line with no spaces between them - if spaces are OK, the awk can be left off.

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