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How to assign awk values to shell variable?

Hi Gurus,
I have a script which assign awk output to shell variable. current it uses two awk command to assign value to two variables. I want to use one command to assign two values to two variables. I tried the code, but it does't work. kindly provide your suggestion.
current code
maxlength=`awk 'BEGIN{a=1}{if (length($0)>a) a=length($0)} END{print a}' file`
minlength=`awk 'BEGIN{a=10000}{if (length($0)<a) a=length($0)} END{print a}' file`

want to change to
awk 'BEGIN{
                if (length($0)>a) a=length($0) 
                if (length($0)<b) b=length($0)
                print maxlength=a
                print minlength=b
        }' file1

my OS is SunOS 5.10 Generic_150400-64 sun4v sparc sun4v

Last edited by green_k; 11-07-2019 at 01:57 PM..
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eval awk ...

# 3  
Or (untested)

read maxlength minlength <<< $( awk '... END {print a, b}')

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