Shell Scripting question

Roger McCalman roger at
Thu Apr 15 09:58:31 BST 2004

On Tue, Apr 13, 2004 at 04:26:36PM +0100, Dave Tiger wrote:
> Hi List,
> I have looked around for a possible example for a shell script (new to sh
> scripting) to connect to a mysql db, select some data then create vars from
> the result and send the vars to some script a friend made for me to automate
> a job for me.
> Now I am a very good php developer but never ventured under the hood and
> tackle sh so any help would be very much appreciated.

I use

mysql --skip-column-names --batch -e 'select ...' database | 
    while read col1 col2 col3 ... ; do
	echo "process ${col1} ..."

for simple mysql tasks and reports otherwise I use perl and DBI. You
may need to change IFS and/or the column delimeter if the column data
has spaces, tabs or newlines in.

Cheers, Roger

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