Hello all,

I need to write a script that will act upon output formatted like the following example:

afp:state = "RUNNING"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:0:disconnectID = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:0:sessionID = 3423
afp:usersArray:_array_index:0:minsToDisconnect = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:0:flags = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:0:state = 6
afp:usersArray:_array_index:0:loginElapsedTime = 89731
afp:usersArray:_array_index:0:name = "maryallen"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:0:lastUseElapsedTime = 89725
afp:usersArray:_array_index:0:serviceType = "afp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:0:sessionType = "tcp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:0:ipAddress = "10.0.3.36"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:1:disconnectID = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:1:sessionID = 3573
afp:usersArray:_array_index:1:minsToDisconnect = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:1:flags = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:1:state = 6
afp:usersArray:_array_index:1:loginElapsedTime = 72783
afp:usersArray:_array_index:1:name = "ILS"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:1:lastUseElapsedTime = 68964
afp:usersArray:_array_index:1:serviceType = "afp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:1:sessionType = "tcp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:1:ipAddress = "10.0.3.136"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:2:disconnectID = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:2:sessionID = 3609
afp:usersArray:_array_index:2:minsToDisconnect = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:2:flags = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:2:state = 1
afp:usersArray:_array_index:2:loginElapsedTime = 69026
afp:usersArray:_array_index:2:name = "samanthacovey"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:2:lastUseElapsedTime = 36404
afp:usersArray:_array_index:2:serviceType = "afp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:2:sessionType = "tcp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:2:ipAddress = "10.0.3.36"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:3:disconnectID = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:3:sessionID = 3664
afp:usersArray:_array_index:3:minsToDisconnect = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:3:flags = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:3:state = 1
afp:usersArray:_array_index:3:loginElapsedTime = 5745
afp:usersArray:_array_index:3:name = "dawndawson"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:3:lastUseElapsedTime = 1
afp:usersArray:_array_index:3:serviceType = "afp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:3:sessionType = "tcp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:3:ipAddress = "10.0.3.56"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:4:disconnectID = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:4:sessionID = 3666
afp:usersArray:_array_index:4:minsToDisconnect = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:4:flags = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:4:state = 1
afp:usersArray:_array_index:4:loginElapsedTime = 5743
afp:usersArray:_array_index:4:name = "dawndawson"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:4:lastUseElapsedTime = 519
afp:usersArray:_array_index:4:serviceType = "afp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:4:sessionType = "tcp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:4:ipAddress = "10.0.3.56"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:5:disconnectID = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:5:sessionID = 3698
afp:usersArray:_array_index:5:minsToDisconnect = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:5:flags = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:5:state = 1
afp:usersArray:_array_index:5:loginElapsedTime = 2276
afp:usersArray:_array_index:5:name = "kateberrigan"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:5:lastUseElapsedTime = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:5:serviceType = "afp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:5:sessionType = "tcp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:5:ipAddress = "10.0.3.33"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:6:disconnectID = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:6:sessionID = 3700
afp:usersArray:_array_index:6:minsToDisconnect = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:6:flags = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:6:state = 1
afp:usersArray:_array_index:6:loginElapsedTime = 2273
afp:usersArray:_array_index:6:name = "kateberrigan"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:6:lastUseElapsedTime = 1604
afp:usersArray:_array_index:6:serviceType = "afp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:6:sessionType = "tcp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:6:ipAddress = "10.0.3.33"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:7:disconnectID = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:7:sessionID = 3705
afp:usersArray:_array_index:7:minsToDisconnect = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:7:flags = 1
afp:usersArray:_array_index:7:state = 1
afp:usersArray:_array_index:7:loginElapsedTime = 607
afp:usersArray:_array_index:7:name = "sabrinaschwartz"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:7:lastUseElapsedTime = 1
afp:usersArray:_array_index:7:serviceType = "afp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:7:sessionType = "tcp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:7:ipAddress = "10.0.3.28"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:8:disconnectID = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:8:sessionID = 3707
afp:usersArray:_array_index:8:minsToDisconnect = 0
afp:usersArray:_array_index:8:flags = 1
afp:usersArray:_array_index:8:state = 1
afp:usersArray:_array_index:8:loginElapsedTime = 606
afp:usersArray:_array_index:8:name = "sabrinaschwartz"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:8:lastUseElapsedTime = 207
afp:usersArray:_array_index:8:serviceType = "afp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:8:sessionType = "tcp"
afp:usersArray:_array_index:8:ipAddress = "10.0.3.28"
afp:timeStamp = "2007-11-21 10:05:40 -0800"

The script needs to:

1. find any line that ends with "state = 6"
2. extract the "array_index:" number from that line
3. extract the "sessionID" of that array_index from another line

This goes beyond my knowledge of grep and awk. I would use awk except I only know how to act on columns, and since there's no whitespace around the array_index value I'm stumped! Can you help?

Thanks!
noam

Hey There,

If your issue is with awk, you could double up on awk (pipe one command to the other) and just change your default delimiter for the one search to the ":" symbol, like:
awk -F":" '{print $4}' <-- for example <-- not specific to your script. You might not even have to pipe two awks together, just split the strings separately.

Being somewhat general to help you out since you seem to just about have it. Let me know if I can help any more. I think once you've got the -F delimiter setting worked out, you'll be all set parsing this with awk.

, Mike :)

This is interesting, and I was able to solve it using a couple of passes with pipes. For me its just easier to break it up into the steps that you explained and go through them one by one, and use temp files if needed.

You can use a combination of awk '/pattern/' , awk -F"delimiter" and grep -f patternsinfile file
to get the results you need.

Good Luck.

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