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Is it possible to write a script where the initial command requires user input so that it prompts the user to enter that input before running?


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:"this"/"and_that"
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Use this need for using echo has -p option to prompt to user.. – heemayl Mar 7 at 6:43
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You can read user input in bash the following way:

read -p "Input this: " this
read -p "Input that: " that
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:${this}/${that}

read command creates a variable with its value taken from standard input.

In real life scenario you should also sanitize user input (i.e. check for non-alphanumeric characters before calling the command), but you can skip it if it's just for you.

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The reference for read says: "The prompt is displayed only if input is coming from a terminal." I don't know what exactly that means. Is there some situation where prompt is not shown? – nobody Mar 7 at 6:40
For example if you pipe the input values to the script printf "this\nthat" | bash – techraf Mar 7 at 6:46

You can use command read to read user input into variables.


echo Enter this:
read this

echo and that:
read and_that

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:$this/$and_that
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Why echo -ing? – heemayl Mar 7 at 6:37
I'll give that a try thank you. – Arturo Paz Mar 7 at 6:38

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