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Re: read unexpected reads directory list

From: Greg Wooledge
Subject: Re: read unexpected reads directory list
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:06:20 -0400
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On Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 06:04:53PM +0300, Filimonov Vadim wrote:
> address@hidden:~/bashbug/bash-4.3$ read -u63 LINE <(echo "*")
> bash: read: `/dev/fd/63': not a valid identifier

You are missing a < sign here.  You probably wanted:

read LINE < <(echo "*")

It is not safe to assume that the <() will produce a reference to file
descriptor 63.  On many platforms, it won't even use /dev/fd/ at all,
but will instead use a named pipe.

Your command expands to

read -u63 LINE /dev/fd/63

Which produces the error message, as it tries to treat /dev/fd/63 as
a variable name to assign into.  However, before it runs into that
error, it has already read a "*" character from file descriptor 63
(since you told it to do that with -u63).  And that * character is now
in the variable named LINE.

> ... ;echo $LINE
> ABOUT-NLS aclocal.m4 alias.c alias.h alias.o array.c arrayfunc.c arrayfunc.h 
> arrayfunc.o array.h array.o assoc.c assoc.h assoc.o AUTHORS bash bashansi.h 
> bashbug bashhist.c bashhist.h bashhist.o bashintl.h bashjmp

You always want echo "$LINE" and *never* echo $LINE.


The * from $LINE was expanded because you failed to quote properly.

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