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Old 03-04-2014
Assigning Variables


Can the below be clarified please. i just want to know what is the difference between the two ways of assigning variables as mentioned below.


thanks in advance Smilie

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Old 03-04-2014
The first means:
Use Default Values. If parameter is unset, the expansion of word is substituted. Otherwise, the value of parameter is substituted.
The second is a regular variable assignment. The quotes are not necessary:

Both variables are exported.

To give an example:
$ echo "$var"

$ var=${var-foo}
$ echo "$var"
$ var=
$ var=${var-foo}
$ echo "$var"

$ unset var
$ echo "$var"

$ var=${var-foo}
$ echo "$var"

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