So I have a task where by I have to manipulate an XML file through a bash shell script.
Here are the steps:
- Query XML file for a value.
- Take the value and cross reference it to find a new value from a list.
- Replace the value of a different element with the new value.
Here is a sample of the XML with non-essential info removed:
I have to get the value from the value element under object_name, cross reference it, and then replace the value under the form_category_cd value element with the new value:
So if object_name -> value is Correspondence then the form_category_cd -> value might need to be YYZ.
Here's the rub, I can only use the tools available on our server as our operations group is restricting us to the tools at hand. It was a fight to get xmllint updated and then it got overruled. I'm on a version that does not support --xpath, which believe me is difficult on a good day. Also the version I have available doesn't support namespaces, so xmllint is out.
I've tried sed, but it seems to not like my regex even though every tester I try works fine.
I need to get group #3, but sed won't return it. Instead it returns the entire contents of the XML file.
sed -e 's/\(object_name<\/fmreq\:name>\)\(?:\n\s*\)\(\)\(.*\)\(<\/fmreq\:value>\)/\3/' < c3.xml
I'm not as familiar with awk / gawk, so I'm struggling to figure them out and this as well, but am open to them if a solution can be found.
Would love to have an awk / gawk solution just to make the boss happy since he's an old awk fan, but I'll take what I can get as I'm stumped.
Again I have to use the tools on hand and can't install anything new.