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Old 09-21-2004, 04:05 AM   #1
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Bash Script String Splitting

I am trying to write a bash script that reads usefull information from the /etc/passwd file

at the moment I've got

for user in $( cat /etc/passwd )

inside the loop I would like to split $user = "username:uid:etc:etc" into $username, $uid., $gid, $etc...

Any suggestions?

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Old 09-21-2004, 04:20 AM   #2
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Here's my solution:
cat /etc/passwd | while IFS=: read Name UnusedByNT Uid Gid RealName HomePath ShellPath; do
    echo "name:$Name uid:$Uid gid:$Gid home:$HomePath shell:$ShellPath"
Note, however, that this example is based on the Cygwin passwd file, which is slightly different from that of Unix/Linux. Just adapt.



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