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Old 02-06-2008, 11:28 AM   #1
adamcannon
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One argument version of xargs?


Hello all,

Say I do a cut of a text file and get this result:

$ cut -f2 foo.txt
a
b
c
d
e
f

How would I pipe that to a command that would individually execute each argument? If I use xargs, the column would be combined which works great for commands that accept multiple arguments but the command I'm trying to pipe to only accepts one at a time.

Thanks!
 
Old 02-06-2008, 11:34 AM   #2
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Maybe as a loop:
Code:
for i in $(cut -f2 foo.txt);
do
<some command> [option $i]
done
 
Old 02-06-2008, 11:39 AM   #3
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Hi bigrigdriver,

Thanks for the quick response! Although I was hoping for a one-liner, that does indeed work.

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Maybe as a loop:
Code:
for i in $(cut -f2 foo.txt);
do
<some command> [option $i]
done
 
Old 02-06-2008, 11:41 AM   #4
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I spoke too soon. It works as one-liner as well

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Hi bigrigdriver,

Thanks for the quick response! Although I was hoping for a one-liner, that does indeed work.
 
  


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