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Environment Variable Count

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Hi all,
What I am trying to do is set an environment variable.
This variable will change when the user runs a specific report.
run no 1 SEQ=20001
run no 2 SEQ=20002

What I want to do is retain this new value so as next time the user logs on the sequence continues



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Honored Contributor [Founder]

Re: Environment Variable Count

The easiest way to do this would be to have a file somewhere that gets looked when the user logs in and / or runs the report.

# cat /dir/SEQ

# export SEQ=`cat /dir/SEQ`
# echo $SEQ

Then when you increment SEQ you do a:

echo $SEQ > /dir/SEQ

and the new value will then be kept in the file for the next run.
Valued Contributor [Founder]

Re: Environment Variable Count


Patrick's is good if you are keeping the sequence per user (only one copy of the script running at a time will update the file that records the sequence number). If that is not true, you will need to come up with a solution that is better than "the last person to write the file wins".

If so, here are two suggestions: 1) use a directory and touch a file with the sequence number in the name (be careful of how ls(1) lists numbered file names -- not necessairly in numerical order), get the last file in the list, increment the number and touch the file name (only if it does not already exist). 2) use a single file, get the last number off the bottom, increment it, append it to the file, and make sure it is not a duplicate (unfortunately, I ran out of ideas on how to deal with a duplicate -- sigh). 3) If you run your sequencing script as an LP spool script, you could use the job number...

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Re: Environment Variable Count

Hi Pascal,

In order to make sure not to have duplicate you could use the following method :

while :
mkdir /tmp/get_new_seq 1>/dev/null 2>/dev/null
if [ $? = 0 ]
export SEQ=`cat /dir/sequence_number`
echo $NEXTSEQ > /dir/sequence_number
rmdir /tmp/get_new_seq 1>/dev/null 2>/dev/null

As the loop will continue until the directory is created, 2 users could not read /dir/sequence_number at the same time.

Hope that will help.