I need to parse a tab delimited text file of several thousand lines. The first part is easy;
cut -f8 file
field 8 of this file contains multiple, variable length, sentences enclosed in double quotes. Example returned by the cut command above:
"this is sentence one. this i sentence two. this ""is a quote that may be"" in sentence three."
I need to grab the first sentence for further processing (without the period, without the beginning quote mark) into a variable, but am having difficulty. Can anyone suggest an easy way to do this? I'm open to bash,perl,python solutions, but prefer bash.