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I'm writing small programs that are allowing me to do common commands with just two or three words max like sudo apt-get update I made it upt something like that

Now I'm trying to write a script which will allow me to install programs from terminal the command is sudo apt-get install 'program'

I'm asking here how can I save the command 'program' in a variable to use it in my script so I can write in terminal inst 'program' ?

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When you invoke a script like

myscript parameter1 parameter2

the parameter1, parameter2 etc. values from the command line are available inside the script as positional parameters $0, $1, ... etc

  • parameter $0 contains the name by which the script was invoked (myscript)
  • parameter $1 contains the value parameter1
  • parameter $1 contains the value parameter2
  • and so on

So in your case if you want to run your script like

inst program

to install program, then inside the script you can write

apt-get install "$1"

See for example Handling positional parameters at

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thank you very much for the help :) – user123418 Jan 3 '14 at 21:19

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