Accessing Variables from .conf file

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# 1  
Old 01-16-2008
Accessing Variables from .conf file

I can't figure out how to access variables that are stored in a separate file. Can someone let me in on the secret? Please, and thank you.

# 2  
Old 01-16-2008
if they're asking for system environment variables, you can echo the variables and find the path, or i believe you can use "set env" commands. i haven't needed to do that very often though. i might also be mis-understanding what you're asking and be completely way off base. Smilie remember to export your variables as well.
# 3  
Old 01-16-2008
I need to define variables in a file called usermon.conf and then read in the variables from my main program to use there. I can do the rest of the program, by defining the variables in the program, but I can't figure out how to read in variables from another file.
# 4  
Old 01-16-2008
One example of many ways to read config data

Example contents of a config file name my.config
Some config data

In program that needs config file info
#my example program
read configline <my.config
echo "The config data is $configline"

Another example with same config file
#my second example program
read one two three<my.config
echo "The first word was $one"
echo "The second word was $two"
echo "The third word was $three"
# 5  
Old 01-16-2008
can't you just source the file like this

. usermon.conf     #reads the file into the current script

usermon.conf should contain something like this:

if you're not using ksh, you'll want to use 'source' instead of '.'

i could be completely wrong... i need to install unix at home so i can
verify the crap i'm trying to remember from work!
# 6  
Old 01-30-2008
so, for example, if I were to do

source usermon.conf

it should work?

or how should I be using it, because at present it doesn't work right.

# 7  
Old 01-30-2008
Thanks for the help. I got it working. I had an error in my conf file that was causing the source usermon.conf to not work.


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