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Old 07-31-2009
reading the whole line from a file into a variable

I am doing :
while read line
     printf "%s\n" ${line}
done <datafile.txt

but I am not getting each single line from the data file assigned to the variable line (but only tokens/fields at a time). I also tried
while IFS= read -r line

I want the whole line assigned or read into the variable (and not its tokens/fields at a time) Any suggestions?

OS: Linux 2.6.28-14-generic #47-Ubuntu SMP Sat Jul 25 01:19:55 UTC 2009 x86_64 GNU/Linux
SHELL: GNU bash, version 3.2.48(1)-release (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)


Last edited by rbatte1; 10-07-2016 at 10:33 AM..
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Old 07-31-2009
change the line:
printf "%s\n" "${line}"

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Old 08-01-2009
Originally Posted by edidataguy
change the line:
printf "%s\n" "${line}"

That worked. Thanks.
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