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# 1  
Old 08-11-2009
Problems with simple script in cygwin

Hello!
I have somo problems with simple scripts like this:

#!/bin/bash
echo -n "Enter your name and press [ENTER]: "
read var_name
echo "Your name is: $var_name"



When I try to run it, this error occurs: ':not a valid identifier var_name.
Why?? (I work in cygiwin)
Is there anybody out there that can help me??
Thanksss
Smilie


# 2  
Old 08-11-2009
Try this
Code:
read -p "Enter your name and press                                           : " var_name
echo "Your name is: $var_name"

# 3  
Old 08-11-2009
Thank you for your reply but it displays the same error!!!!
# 4  
Old 08-11-2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by blianna
Hello!
I have somo problems with simple scripts like this:

#!/bin/bash
echo -n "Enter your name and press [ENTER]: "
read var_name
echo "Your name is: $var_name"


When I try to run it, this error occurs: ':not a valid identifier var_name.
Why?? (I work in cygiwin)
Is there anybody out there that can help me??
Thanksss
Smilie

I also use cygwin. When I copyed your code, it worked.
# 5  
Old 08-11-2009
Does it work?!?!??!
Is it possible that "my" cygwin doesn't recognize the read command??
# 6  
Old 08-11-2009
What did you type to execute the script?

Did you use a unix editor to create the script or has it come from MSDOS?
# 7  
Old 08-11-2009
I write the code on block notes and then in the shell bash I write : sh name_file.txt

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