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create SQL-statements from textfile with awk

Terminal - create SQL-statements from textfile with awk
$ awk '{printf "select * from table where id = %c%s%c;\n",39,$1,39; }' inputfile.txt
2009-09-21 14:08:04
User: alvinx
Functions: awk
create SQL-statements from textfile with awk

inputfile.txt is a space-separated textfile, 1st column contains the items (id) I want to put into my SQL statement.

39 = charactercode for single tick '

1 = first column

If inputfile.txt is a CSV-file separated by "," use FS= to define your own field-separator:

awk 'BEGIN {FS=","; }{printf "select * from table where id = %c%s%c;\n",39,$1,39; }' inputfile.txt


There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
for each in `cut -d " " -f 1 inputfile.txt`; do echo "select * from table where id = \"$each\";"; done
2009-09-23 13:29:16
User: hfs
Functions: echo
Tags: echo cut for-each

I never can remember the syntax of awk. You can give a different -d option to cut to separate by e.g. commas. Also this allows to do more things with the generated SQL, e.g. to redirect it into different files.

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