Basic Shell Scripting: Chapter-III

Shell Script Variables:

Variable in shell script means, referencing a numeric or character value. We can access the value of a variable, prefix it with a dollar sign. eg:

Here the variable name is “value “. We can access it’s value by writing $value.

Example 1:

Storing character value in a variable

Example 2:

Storing numeric value in a variable

Arguments and Other Variables:

Arguments are the values we are passing to a shell script. Each value after the script in the command line will be assigned to a special variables like $1, $2, $3 and so on. The name of the script will be store in the variable $0.

The above are some special variables in shell script.

Example 3:



Read-Only Variables:

The shell provides a way to mark the variables are read-only. If a variable will set are read-only then it’s value can’t be change.

This will produce result as below:

Unsetting Variables:

Unsetting or deleting a variable tells the shell to remove the variable from the list of variables that it tracks. Once you unset a variable, you would not be able to access stored value in the variable.

The above script would not print anything.

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