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Old 08-13-2004, 06:24 AM   #1
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variables in bash


Hi

I have seen people assigning values to variables in the bash shell in the following syntax

somevar = "Some String"

However when I try this, I get an error "somevar: command not found"

Can someone shed some light on this for me plz

I am using the Bash shell in fedora core 2

Thanks
 
Old 08-13-2004, 06:27 AM   #2
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export somevar="whatever"
 
Old 08-13-2004, 06:35 AM   #3
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Hi,

That is what I am using, however I am still wondering why it shouldnt work when I see it in many books etc, and if I want to write a simple shell script that syntax above might not be suitable
 
Old 08-13-2004, 10:01 AM   #4
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You'll find some information here:

http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Bash-Prog-Intro-HOWTO.html

more here

http://theory.uwinnipeg.ca/UNIXhelp/

and a whole lot more here

http://www.tldp.org/guides.html#abs

Have fun
 
Old 08-13-2004, 12:48 PM   #5
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Re: variables in bash

Quote:
Originally posted by haddad
somevar = "Some String"
It could be your use of spaces. If you have "somevar[space]=", Bash will read "somevar" as a command. "somevar=" changes Bash's interpretation of the string.
 
Old 08-16-2004, 06:45 AM   #6
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Thanks

That was it.
 
Old 09-22-2004, 05:29 PM   #7
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i'm having kindof the same problem.
except I need to assign $RULE_PATH to a directory...
also i want this variable assigned when the computer boots.
any help?
Thanks
 
  


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