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Old 06-04-2006, 10:40 AM   #1
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Varible substitution in Bash script

I have been doing shell type scripting for years in VMS and Windows. I am trying to do some basic scripting in Bash that substitutes values in variables. In the book I am using it has two examples:

mydate=$( date +%Y-%m-%d )
mydate2='date +%Y-%m-%d'
echo ${mydate}
echo ${mydate2}

These should both return the same value: 2006-06-04

But this is the output I get:

2006-06-04 - This is from mydate
date +%Y-%m-%d - This is from mydate2

It was my uderstanding that single quoted commands should also assign to the variable. Am I doing something wrong?

Old 06-04-2006, 10:55 AM   #2
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You need to use the backtick (`), not the single quote ('). Still, the first form $() is preferred.
Old 06-04-2006, 01:11 PM   #3
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Thanks, the publisher must have goofed on the book....everything is in courier and shows the apostrophe not the back tic.....


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