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[Discuss] Bourne Shell variable assignment question

On Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 3:57 PM, Jerry Feldman <gaf at> wrote:

> 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:
> var1=foo
> 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
> name.
> So, in his code he has something like
> readline
> ... - code to parse the line
> Where varname contains the variable name(eg var1), and value contains
> the value(eg foo)
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Maybe not the most elegant way, but it works.  See below

Matts-MacBook-Pro:temp matt$ cat

Matts-MacBook-Pro:temp matt$ cat
myvar=`cat | grep var2 | cut -d"=" -f2`
echo $myvar

Matts-MacBook-Pro:temp matt$ bash

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