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read

 

variable1

 [

variable2 ...

]

Read one line of standard input, and assign each word to the corresponding variable , with all leftover words assigned to last variable. If only one variable is specified, the entire line will be assigned to that variable. See example below and under case . The return status is 0 unless EOF is reached.

Example

$ 

read first last address


Sarah Caldwell 123 Main Street
$ 

echo "$last, $first\n$address"


Caldwell, Sarah
123 Main Street


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