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script to take a sql query and turn it into a tab delimited file

This will convert an sql query to a tab delimited file. I am sure there is a more elegant way to do this, but this works.
# Name sql2tab.sh
# dbFlavor - dspace_sr or dspace_ir
# sql_query - a query for the database
# Example:
#  ./sql2tab.sh dspace_ir 'select handle from handle;'
# Bug the '*' in an sql query produces an error because bash
# expands it as an las of the directory
# J. Silvis
# June 2010

echo $sql_query > sql_temp_junk
# run the sql queryy and put it in tempData
psql -U $flavor $flavor  < sql_temp_junk  > tempData

# Replace the pipe (|) delimiter with tab
perl -p -i -e 's/\s+\|\s+/\t/g' tempData
#clear out the leading whitespace
perl -p -i -e 's/^(\s+)(.*)/\2/g' tempData
# dump the results out to be either directly viewed or sent to a pipe.
cat tempData
# get rid of junk files
rm tempData
rm sql_temp_junk

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