firepro20 firepro20 - 1 year ago 125
Bash Question

Assign ASCII values to variable in shell

I'm still new at shell scripting

I want to assign * to a variable an print it. Write now I'm just printing it with:

echo -e "\052"

Is there a way to assign that value to a variable?

Answer Source

Use $(cmd) or `cmd` to capture a command's output. The $(...) form is preferred because it's easier to nest.

var=$(echo -e "\052")

The shell will interpret escape sequences inside $'...'. That's single quotes with a dollar sign in front.


Or of course you could write the asterisk directly. Quote it to prevent wildcard expansion.


When you print it, make sure to quote the variable. It's annoying to always have to type double quotes any time you use a variable, but it's usually the right thing to do.

echo "$var"    # yes
echo $var      # no
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