Re: [xsl] Bash scritp

Subject: Re: [xsl] Bash scritp
From: Menzo Windhouwer <windhouw@xxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2005 16:59:47 +0100

Maybe the XMLStarlet tool can help you here
(see You can specify an
XPath expression on the command line, and it will get the
value for you.

So if you have the following document in ~/tmp/test.xml:


The following call to the XMLStarlet tool xml will give you the date:

xml select -T -t -v '//date' ~/tmp/test.xml

Example in a bash script:

DATE=`xml select -T -t -v '//date' $FILE`
echo $DATE

This script will print the date for you ...

Hope this helps,

Menzo Windhouwer

Beatriz Langiano wrote:

Hi Hardy,

Thanks by your help, but what I need read some specifics elements of a XML document, as I do in XSLT, for example:

<xsl:value-of select= "." />

<xsl:value-of select= "." />

My script must read these elements values and insert them in a database.

Thanks, Beatriz

--- Hardy Merrill <HMerrill@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

This is a bit (a lot) off topic for this list, but
I'll humor you since
I like Linux :)

I'll give this a shot, but please know that I
haven't done anything in
Linux and Bash in quite a while, so take this with a
grain of salt ;-)

Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but if
all you want to do
is "read" the XML document, I think(?) you could
pipe the XML file to
your bash script, and have the bash script read it
line by line from
standard input (STDIN).  I can't remember how to set
up the read loop in
bash, but it shouldn't be too hard to figure out.  I
think you could
probably find all you need by doing

man bash

at a command prompt.


Hardy Merrill

kevin.rodgers@xxxxxxx 03/08/05 10:25 AM >>>

Beatriz Langiano writes:

I was writing a bash script (in linux), and I'd


to to read a XML document, like in XSLT.
Does somebody know how I could do this?

I haven't tried it, but William Park maintains a
souped-up version of
bash that includes XML support (nothing like
XPath/XSLT though):

Kevin Rodgers

Beatriz Langiano Mestrado em Informatica Universidade Federal do Parana - Brasil

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