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Old 12-09-2003, 02:15 PM   #1
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Unhappy copy multiple files into one file

HELP HELP HELP.......i'm trying to copy thre files: file1.txt file2.txt file3.txt..........

jane doe 12/25/80
john doe 09/05/86
jenny doe 06/30/59
james doe 08/21/59

Address: 5555 Whitby Rd. Baltimore,MD 21206

Phone Number: (410)555-5050

into a file called together.txt..............i did:

$ cat file1.txt file2.txt file3.txt >> together.txt

which produced:
jane doe 12/25/80
john doe 09/05/86
jenny doe 06/30/59
james doe 08/21/59Adress: 5555 Whitby Rd. Baltimore,MD 21206Phone Number: (410)555-5050
i need to write a .sh script that implements this but i don't know how?......
i thought that after i write the shell and save the command should be: $ ./ together.txt file1.txt file2.txt file3.txt..........and then i cat together.txt........but i'm not sure.
and how do i get the files to copy on separate lines?
Old 12-09-2003, 02:34 PM   #2
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Your problem is that the files don't end
with a CarriageReturn ...

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Old 12-09-2003, 02:36 PM   #3
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This is in bash and does soemthing "similar".. modify to suit..


y() { echo -e "\n" >> $compilation_file; }
z() { echo -e "\n\n" >> $compilation_file; }

echo - "Please type the path to the compilation file :"
read compilation_file
echo "Please type the path of the original files that are going to make up the compilation file with a space between each path/filename :"
read -a original_files

for i in ${original_files[*]}
echo "$i" >> $compilation_file ; y
cat $i >> $compilation_file ; z
..... and if you dont want the filenames in aswell, just the spacing between files and the content then take out these 2 lines:

y() { echo -e "\n" >> $compilation_file; }
echo "$i" >> $compilation_file ; y

Last edited by Skyline; 12-09-2003 at 02:52 PM.


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