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Old 05-22-2006, 10:41 AM   #1
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Reading crontab into bash array

I'm trying to get the contents of my crontab into a bash array with the following code
crontab -l > /home/test/cron.tmp

declare -a crons

exec 0</home/test/cron.tmp
while read line

echo ${crons[@]} 1> /home/test/out.tmp
The problem I'm having, is whenever the script comes across a '*' in the cron file, it echos the contents of the current directory instead of echoing a '*'.

Any idea what I'm doing wrong?

Old 05-22-2006, 01:43 PM   #2
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Have you tried quoting the variable?

echo "${crons[@]}" 1> /home/test/out.tmp


echo '${crons[@]}' 1> /home/test/out.tmp
Old 05-22-2006, 01:44 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, I've just solved it by using printf to write to the file instead of echo.


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