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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2004

    Unanswered: xml file parsing

    Hope someone here can help. I've completed two UNIX classes and am finally trying to make use of what I've learned.
    I was given an xml file at work and asked if I could parse out bits of information. I did the original file in excel thinking it was a one time request. However, the request has become more frequent. I decided to write a script to do the parsing for me.
    I've been able to use egrep and sed to get the data I need, but because the original data file has everything on seperate lines, my data is coming up on seperate lines as well. What can I do to put all the data from one record on one line?
    Here's what I have so far:

    read -p "File Name: " file
    exec < $file
    egrep "service_number|address|displayName|ProfileNam e" | sed 's/</:/g' |
    sed 's/>/:/g' | sed 's/\//:/g' | cut -d: -f2,3 > $fileOut

    the original file looks like this:

    <address>xxxxxxx xxxxxx xxx</address>

    The other catch is that there are more then 20 fields similar to what I listed above and not all records include all fields. If a field is null, it is not listed. So the data is not always in the same place.

    Any idea's?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2004

    Fixed! :-)

    Never mind ... I figured it out (with help)

    I piped it to:

    awk -F: '$2 == "service_number" { print "\n" }
    {ORS = "";OFS=""} { print ":",$3, " " }'

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