Shell Script To Write Odd and Even Line To Respective Files

in Categories Academic, Decision Making, File-management last updated September 17, 2008
#!/bin/bash
# Write a shell script that, given a file name as the argument will write
# the even numbered line to a file with name evenfile and odd numbered lines
# in a text file called oddfile.
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file=$1
counter=0
 
eout="evenfile.$$" # even file name
oout="oddfile.$$" # odd file name
 
if [ $# -eq 0 ] 
then
	echo "$(basename $0) file"
	exit 1 
fi
 
if [ ! -f $file ]
then
	echo "$file not a file"
	exit 2
fi
 
while read line
do
	# find out odd or even line number 
	isEvenNo=$( expr $counter % 2 )
 
	if [ $isEvenNo -ne 0 ] 
	then
		# even match
		echo $line >> $eout
	else
		# odd match
		echo $line >> $oout	
	fi
	# increase counter by 1
	(( counter ++ ))
done < $file
echo "Even file - $eout"
echo "Odd file - $oout"

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2 comment

  1. awk ‘NR % 2 {print > “odd”} ! (NR % 2) {print > “even”}’ inputfile
    This will split input file into files “even” and “odd”
    Or is this more about bash than invoking utilities? And what utilities are allowed then?
    /usr/bin/[ is not a builtin…


  2. ODDRE="^ [0-9]*[13579]"
    cat -n $1 | grep "$ODDRE" | cut -b 8- > oddfile.$$
    cat -n $1 | grep -v "$ODDRE" | cut -b 8- > evenfile.$$

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