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[Discuss] Bourne Shell variable assignment question

I have not done my homework on this as much as I should.
A coworker needs to set variable names and values input from another
file. Normally, I would source that file, but he specifically wants to
parse the file.
So, in simple terms, he has a file that has something like:

Instead of sourcing he wants to parse the file using readline so he
reads the variable name, then he wants to assign a variable of the same
So, in his code he has something like
... - code to parse the line
Where varname contains the variable name(eg var1), and value contains
the value(eg foo)

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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