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Old 03-23-2006, 03:27 PM   #1
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set the ouput of a command to a variable

how do i set the output of a command to a variable? for example,

ls -l | head -1

i want the output of that to be in varible $FIRST. how would i do that?

FIRST=ls -l | head -1

does not work...
Old 03-23-2006, 03:29 PM   #2
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FIRST=`ls -l | head -1`
(back quotes and not quotes)
FIRST=$(ls -l | head -1)
Old 03-23-2006, 03:30 PM   #3
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FIRST=`ls -l | head -1`
FIRST=$(ls -l | head -1)
That should do it.

Oops - looks like I was too slow, again

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