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Old 05-24-2009, 06:05 AM   #1
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AWK/Sed do not produce any output


Hi, everybody!

What I am trying to do is to take continuous output from a program called iostat and replace each occurence of "sda1" with "Backup".

I have tried to do the following

Code:
iostat -d 1 | grep -vw sd. | awk '{gsub(/sda1/,"Backup:");print}'

AND

iostat -d 1 | grep -vw sd. | sed -e 's/sda1/Backup:/g'

Nonetheless I do not get any output whatsoever. What am I doing wrong? Do I have to specify somewhere that awk/sed should flush output after each line or something?

Thanks in advance
 
Old 05-24-2009, 07:15 AM   #2
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Err, doesn't grep -v filth mean 'find everything except filth'??
 
Old 05-24-2009, 07:29 AM   #3
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It does, I am filtering away all lines containing regexp "sd."

There is plenty of output left after grep-ing:

Code:
Device:            tps   Blk_read/s   Blk_wrtn/s   Blk_read   Blk_wrtn
sda1              0.00         0.00         0.00          0          0
sdb1              0.00         0.00         0.00          0          0
sdb2              0.00         0.00         0.00          0          0
sdb3              0.00         0.00         0.00          0          0
sdb4              0.00         0.00         0.00          0          0
sdc1              2.00       256.00         0.00        256          0
sdd1              0.00         0.00         0.00          0          0
Oh yes, and something crucial I forgot to mention in my first post: The point of the whole operation is is that "iostat" is producing a new chunk of output every second until I explicitly interrupt it.

It appears that it is there the problem lies, because if I run "iostat" only a single time (so that it outputs a paragraph of data and exits), then all works properly.
 
Old 05-24-2009, 07:33 AM   #4
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Is that what you mean?
Quote:
iostat -d 1 | sed -u -e 's/sda1/Backup:/g'
edit: I didn't see your second post.

Last edited by sycamorex; 05-24-2009 at 07:35 AM.
 
Old 05-24-2009, 07:39 AM   #5
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iostat -d 1 | sed -u -e 's/sda1/Backup:/g' | grep -vw sd.
???
 
Old 05-24-2009, 07:46 AM   #6
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Yes, thank you, that worked!

I have now looked up the "-u" switch for sed, but I am still unsure though as to why it makes any difference which of grep and sed commands comes first?
 
Old 05-24-2009, 07:50 AM   #7
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Yes, thank you, that worked!

I have now looked up the "-u" switch for sed, but I am still unsure though as to why it makes any difference which of grep and sed commands comes first?
To be honest, it's puzzling me as well. Hopefully, someone will provide some explanation.
 
  


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