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Can't get $1 input to work in the following function. Need assistance with syntax. Thanks!

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{ /usr/bin/ldapsearch -1TL -h `hostname` -p 389 -D 'cn=Directory Manager' -j /root/pw_`hostname`.txt -b 'dc=ourcompany,dc=com'
 '(uid=$1)'; }
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by:zmo
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use double quotes instead of single quotes.

'$1' is equivalent to "\$1"
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by:pzxkys
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Tried '(uid="$1")'. No luck.
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omarfarid earned 500 total points
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don't put single quotes around

try

(uid="$1")

or

"(uid=$1)"
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by:zmo
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like omarfarid said,

'(uid=$1)' means "(uid=\$1)"
and
'(uid="$1")' means "(uid=\"\$1\")"

double quotes contain strings and code that can be interpreted,
single quotes contain only text.

what I meant with my example was to pinpoint what was wrong in your whole statement.
Whatever is around between the quotes and $1, if you use single quotes around $1, you'll get $1 and not what it contains.
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by:pzxkys
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This worked : "(uid=$1)".
Thanks guys for your quick response and excellent assistance! And thanks to the other expert feedback explaining how ' and " really works in bash!

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by:zmo
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ugh !?
_I_ gave the solution !
and you don't give me any points or split the points ?
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by:pzxkys
ID: 22832736
Sorry about that zmo! I was hurrying too much. I actually got the solution from omarfarid first. But to be fair I think you both were very helpful. If you know how to split the points after the fact, let me know and I'll be happy to do that.
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