have read command few first chars. fed by CL

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almahdi

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Sep 3, 2020, 10:47:41 AM9/3/20
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is it possible to have the *read* command few first characters in buffer is
fed by way of script code / CLI



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Sep 3, 2020, 10:52:58 AM9/3/20
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On 03/09/2020 15:47, almahdi wrote:
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> is it possible to have the *read* command few first characters in buffer is
> fed by way of script code / CLI

From "help read":

-N nchars return only after reading exactly NCHARS characters, unless
EOF is encountered or read times out, ignoring any
delimiter

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Greg Wooledge

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Sep 3, 2020, 10:58:30 AM9/3/20
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On Thu, Sep 03, 2020 at 07:47:25AM -0700, almahdi wrote:
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> is it possible to have the *read* command few first characters in buffer is
> fed by way of script code / CLI

It's a bit unclear what you're really trying to do here, but I'm guessing
you want to pre-populate the user's input for a read command, to provide
a "default" that can be edited.

If you use read with the -e option (to enable readline), you can also use
the -i option.

-e use Readline to obtain the line
-i text use TEXT as the initial text for Readline

unicorn:~$ read -p 'What is your name? ' -e -i "$LOGNAME" -r name
What is your name? greg_

Where _ represents the cursor. The string "greg" is pre-populated
from the -i option, and can be backspaced or whatever.

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