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Thread: [RESOLVED] Shell Script, SQL output, format help

  1. #1
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    Jul 2007

    resolved [RESOLVED] Shell Script, SQL output, format help

    I'm using MySQL 5.0.27 on redhat-linux, Fedora Core 4.

    I am attempting to write a Bash Shell script that extracts data from a MySQL database and puts it in a text file (that I can use for other scripts).

    I am able to get the data output, but I don't know how to correctly format it. I need the data in rows (one item per row) and without column headers or the dashes and lines . Code below:

    ### MySQL Setup ###
    MYSQL="$(which mysql)"

    #Read the IP addresses from the MySQL database
    DATA="$($MYSQL -u $MUSER -h $MHOST -p$MPASS -t networkscan -e 'select ipaddress from data WHERE datetime<NOW();')"

    echo $DATA > File


    The resulting file looks like this:

    +--------------+ | ipaddress | +--------------+ | | | | | | | | | | | | +--------------+

    I need it to look like this:

    I've read that there are various parameters for formatting, such as -E that creates a separate line for each entry, but I must not be adding that in the correct place, because I can't get it to work. Any help is appreciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    maybe something like:

    select char(10) + char(13) + ipaddress as ipaddr

    would work? i dunno. give it a try and let me know.

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    Jul 2007


    I found out that using the -sN parameter suppresses the column headings.

    In addition, to get rid of the funny dashes and lines, place the SQL query in a batch file that gets called from the Shell script. (It sounds complicated but it's not.) So my script now reads:


    #Read the IP addresses from the MySQL database

    mysql -u user1 -h localhost -pmypassword -sN < batchfile > target.out

    The batchfile is:

    use networkscan;
    select ipaddress from data;

    The result in target.out looks like this:

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