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[Discuss] Bourne Shell variable assignment question

Thanks guys.
I have several workable solutions for him. The underlying issue is that
he wants to prevent malicious code.  In the context he is working on, I
don't think that is a risk, but using egrep to reject any lines that are
not in the form 'var=value'. I also think that his script must be
Bourne, not BASH.

On 12/15/2011 04:51 PM, Chris Tyler wrote:
> On Thu, 2011-12-15 at 16:35 -0500, Jerry Feldman wrote:
>> On 12/15/2011 04:27 PM, Richard Pieri wrote:
>>> On 12/15/2011 4:25 PM, Peter Doherty wrote:
>>>> Of course, one has to ask why your co-worker is doing this, and not
>>>> just sourcing the file.
>>>> Also, my example will break if you have an equal sign in your
>>>> variable name or value name.
>>> This.  Sourcing the file is going to be the fastest and most reliable
>>> way to do it.
>> This is 100% agreed. The issue is that he does not want to source the
>> file and I have not been able to talk him out of it. In the past I have
>> written scripts where you could read the name of a variable, and then
>> convert it to a variable name, but I don't think I've done it in Bourne
>> of BASH.
> There are lots of options:
> #!/bin/sh
> # equivalent to sourcing the file
> while read LINE
> do
> 	eval "$LINE"
> done <datafile
> #!/bin/bash
> # same as above, bash/ksh only
> for LINE in $(<datafile)
> do
> 	eval "$LINE"
> done
> #!/bin/sh
> # similar, but rejects lines that are not NAME=VALUE or have spaces
> # also exports all variables processed
> egrep "^[^= ]+=[^= ]+$" datafile|while read LINE
> do
>         eval "export $LINE"
> done
> You could easily parse out the name and value separately, but there's no
> reason to, because you're going to end up putting them on either side of
> an equal sign in an eval anyways.
> -Chris
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