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Old 03-10-2006, 04:31 AM   #1
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cat [file] | grep --- trouble


hey all,


quick little problem here, i have a log from my IRC channel, i want to use CAT on it for specific users for example

cat [logfile] | grep "username"

but the problem im getting is that the usernames are wrapped in < >'s

what would i need to do to get cat or grep to ignore the < >'s and just treat them as part of a word?

ive tried wrapping `word` "word" and 'word' and I still get nothing.

any help is appreciated.

Matty G
 
Old 03-10-2006, 04:59 AM   #2
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but the problem im getting is that the usernames are wrapped in < >'s

what would i need to do to get cat or grep to ignore the < >'s and just treat them as part of a word?
I don't get it; isn't this what grep usually does? Can you give an example and show us the exact commands?
 
Old 03-10-2006, 05:08 AM   #3
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Code:
cat [logfile] | grep "username"
can be simplified to
Code:
grep username logfile
and as already stated, doesn't choke on "<>".
 
Old 03-10-2006, 05:12 AM   #4
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seem to have it now, i havent changed the code or anything, hmm,

thanks anyway

Matty G
 
Old 03-10-2006, 05:15 AM   #5
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can be simplified to
Code:
grep username logfile
and as already stated, doesn't choke on "<>".
but that would search for the username on every line,

i only want to bring back lines by specific users

E.G.

grep for bobman brings back sum 400 lines

grep for <bobman> brings back some 200 lines +/- 2 or 3 lines where someone will have quoted my own words,

got it sorted now anyway, i think i may have been telling cat to look at the wrong log file,

thanks again

Matty G
 
Old 03-10-2006, 05:21 AM   #6
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Hi,
pls try out this command and see if it answers your query

# cat [logfile] | grep --color "[<]"

Pls see if it works or not....
 
Old 03-10-2006, 05:25 AM   #7
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ok, sorry for the 3rd post but I have another question

I want to tail this log file and find the last 100 lines a user wrote (using <>'s again im afraid)

if i use

tail -100 "logfile" | grep "<bobman>"

it only brings back <bobman> from the last 100 lines, which thinking about it, is what it should do, what other ways should i go about pulling the last 100 lines of <bobman> from the log file?

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Old 03-10-2006, 05:27 AM   #8
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Hi,
pls try out this command and see if it answers your query

# cat [logfile] | grep --color "[<]"

Pls see if it works or not....

yes it works all too well, it pulls every line form the log file,

viva la ctrl+c

 
Old 03-10-2006, 05:39 AM   #9
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ok, sorry for the 3rd post but I have another question

I want to tail this log file and find the last 100 lines a user wrote (using <>'s again im afraid)

if i use

tail -100 "logfile" | grep "<bobman>"

it only brings back <bobman> from the last 100 lines, which thinking about it, is what it should do, what other ways should i go about pulling the last 100 lines of <bobman> from the log file?
Try this:

Code:
grep "<bobman>" logfile | tail -100
 
Old 03-10-2006, 05:40 AM   #10
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You can grep then use tail to get the last 100 entries for a person.
grep "<bob>" logfile | tail -n 100
 
Old 03-10-2006, 05:42 AM   #11
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ahh, switch them round...

i see, thats how it is, is it?

excelent, thanks guys.

EDIT - i get this

grep: writing output: Invalid argument

Last edited by bob_man_uk; 03-10-2006 at 05:47 AM.
 
Old 03-10-2006, 05:56 AM   #12
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You got this error while running which command ?

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Old 03-10-2006, 06:05 AM   #13
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I run this

grep "<bob_man>" "#devhardware.GoodChatting.com.log" | tail -n 50

ok, ok i quess i will need to come clean here,

Im using ports of unix tools to do this on my home pc which.... is windows XP,

forget it, i guess i could knife and fork it by

cat logfile | grep username > username.txt

then tail the last 20 lines or something.

thanks all the same.

Matty G
 
  


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