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i have two varaibales in a string, the variables are seperated by space as below .. i need a for loop to extract each string into a variable called temp and print temp each time
str = "hum-tum bay"
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First: NO SPACES IN ASSIGNMENT
SO
str = "hum-tum bay"

Should be
str="hum-tum bay"


Second: You need a for loop

for var in $str
do
    echo $var
done
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by:farzanj
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Sorry, you said temp then

for temp in $str
do
    echo $temp
done
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by:damodar4u
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hum-tum_tit_for_tat_SIZE = 40


INST = hum-tum

 eval TEMP_SIZE="$"${INST}_tit_for_tat_SIZE

it is not evaluating to 40 rather it is evaluating to -tum_tit_for_tat_SIZE
can you pls fix it



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by:damodar4u
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i need the temp size value to be 40
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by:farzanj
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Try this:

TEMP_SIZE=$(eval echo \$${INST}_tit_for_tat_SIZE)

Sorry don't have shell at this time to test.
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by:damodar4u
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getting same value ...
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by:damodar4u
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taht did not fix the issue
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by:farzanj
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That is because the variable name is faulty.  It cannot be hum-tum.  It will be interpreted as the math operator minus.  Could you please use underscore and test.
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by:damodar4u
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i cannot use _ as i'm geeting the value from some file ..
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by:farzanj
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Well, you would need to either substitute using either sed or something.

Try doing

hum\-tum=10

echo ${hum\-tum}

Probably would not work.  Then the only solution would be to substitute or get rid of dash
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by:damodar4u
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can you pls show me the possible solutions for the above example

 substitute or get rid of dash
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by:simon3270
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Why are you generating the variable name from the contents of a data file?  There are many data formats which would not be valid variable names (mostly punctuation as you have seen, but also any string starting with a digit).
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how are you getting the value from some file, and how are you turning the value into a variable name?
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in perl, ${"hum-tum"} would work, but what purpose would it serve to do that?
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