I was trying to run a shell script and run it through Cygwin terminal in XP environment.
The script I have written is as follows -

read -p "Enter Your name - " fname
if test "$fname" == "abcd"
            echo "Thank you abcd"

When I am trying to run it, after taking the input it gives an error -
': not a valid identifier: read: `fname
Though the commands are working fine when I am trying them in terminal.
Any suggession plz.
Thanks in advance...

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Last Post by rubberman

From the bash man page about the read command:

-p prompt
Display prompt on standard error, without a trailing newline, before attempting to read any
input. The prompt is displayed only if input is coming from a terminal.

It may be that since you say it works when running in a terminal, I have to assume that this is not the case when the error occurs? Just how are you running the script then? Please explain in detail.

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