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jeesun 01-24-2010 04:34 AM

Specific result of awk script
Hi all

I'm using the following awk command to find out the users home directory from /etc/passwd file.

#grep jeesun /etc/passwd |awk 'BEGIN {FS=":"};{print $6}'

But problem is when there are two name like "jeesun" and "jeesunadm" exist the script shows both result not specific one.

#grep jeesun /etc/passwd |awk 'BEGIN {FS=":"};{print $6}'

But I need the exact name and its home directory.

druuna 01-24-2010 04:45 AM


Try this:

awk -F: '$1 == "jeesun" { print $6}' /etc/passwd

Hope this helps.

jeesun 01-24-2010 05:23 AM

Great help. But when i put this in a single command it works.

When i put this in in a script it won't work because in script the " " is not executed. How will i use this in a script when i want to put any name?

druuna 01-24-2010 05:42 AM

Hi again,




awk -v username=$USERNAME -F: '$1 == username { print $6}' $INFILE

You need to "give" the bash variable to awk (the -v username=$USERNAME part).

Hope this helps.

PS: gawk users manual is a good reference for using gawk.

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