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bash script to expand variables

Posted on 2014-09-30
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in a bash script, the user keys in a command with arguments
some of the arguments are variables defined in the bash profile
i need to run the command they enter
How does the script get the information and then does the whole command?

in the bash profile
  export TESTING=/home/programming

in the script, the user keys in: cd $TESTING/penguins

the script needs to: cd /home/programming/penguins

I am running RedHat EL 6.4
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Question by:penguins_rule
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by:Gerwin Jansen
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The script inherits the variables from the environment, you are setting the TESTING variable in the bash profile.

In the script you can use variables by using $VARIABLE_NAME or ${VARIABLE_NAME} in your case $TESTING or ${TESTING}

By doing: cd $TESTING/penguins in the script it is in fact doing: cd /home/programming/penguins

So looks OK to me ;)
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simon3270 earned 500 total points
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Are the users prompted to enter a command, then they type in "cd $TESTING/penguins"?

If so, the command you need is "eval", as in:
echo "Enter your command:"
read cmd
eval $cmd

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This is a bit dangerous (they could type in anything!).

I did think that there might be a specific problem with the "cd" command - if the command is run in a subshell, then the "cd" would have no effect, but in the above example it would actually change the directory.
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by:penguins_rule
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in my case, i am using the script to make sure they can only type in certain commands. Otherwise, i agree, it would be dangerous.
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