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READINFO(1)			   06:53:22			   READINFO(1)

       readinfo - read fields from a relational

       readinfo [ -a ] [ -i filename ] [ -o filename ] [ -L ] fieldname ...

       Reads  a  formatted  table  in  a  relational format with named fields.
       Input is from stdin unless the -i is specified.	Output	is  to	stdout
       unless  the  -o	option	is  specified.	The -a option specifies output
       should be appended to the output file instead of overwriting the output
       file.  The -L option specifies line numbers shoudl be prepended to each
       output line.

       The file is described by  a  special  comment  or  meta	command  which
       defines	the  field  names  and any prefixes or suffixes to add to each
       field.  The following is a simple example which illustrates the	usage.

       # short readinfo example
       #FIELDS GLOBAL null=X no=. domain suffix=.tic.com ip prefix=192.135.128.
       akasha		  129
       xfr		  133
       oak.zilker.net.	  .

       The  special  #FIELDS  comment  (can  also  be  specified  as  $FIELDS)
       describes each field in the file.  Field  descriptions  appear  in  the
       order  the  appear  in the file. There is no whitespace between the #
       and the FIELDS.	FIELDS must be all uppercase.

       In this example two  fields  with  the  names  "domain"	and  "ip"  are
       defined.   The  special	field "GLOBAL" defines global parameters which
       apply to all fields in the file.  Each field description is the name of
       the  field  which  can be any arbitrary name followed by optional field
       parameters which are keyword=value pairs.   The	field  parameters  and
       their semantics are:

	      Sets  the  empty field value to the .  Whenever 
	      appears as a field value, readinfo emits an empty value for  the

	      Adds a prefix of  to each field value output.

	      Adds a suffix of  to each field value output.

	      Does  not  add  a  prefix  or suffix to the field value whenever
	       either starts or ends the string respectively.

       Only fields listed on the command line are output to stdout. For  exam
       ple the command

	      readinfo domain ip  ,,

       Generators may not be nested in the current implementation.  Whenever
        appears within curly brackets within the GENERATO construct, it is
       replaced with the current loop value.

       An example of a GENERATOR is:

	      #FIELDS host suffix=.tic.com ip prefix=192.168.128.
	      #GENERATOR num 97,102,1
	      dhcp-{num}      {num}

       THis produces the output:


4th Berkeley Distribution	    $Date:			   READINFO(1)

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