In the last episode (Jul 15), Bryan Venteicher said:
> > I thought I understood how arrays work in bash, but I have been proven
> > wrong.  I am reading lines from a file and placing them in an array. 
> > However, when I am finished, the array has a length of 0.
> > 
> > Following is the code I am using.
> > 
> > #!/usr/local/bin/bash
> > COUNTER=0
> > cat ./test_file.txt | while read LINE
> > do
> >          echo ${LINE}
> >          FOO[${COUNTER}]=${LINE}
> >          COUNTER=`expr ${COUNTER} + 1`
> > done
> > 
> > echo ${#f...@]}
> > echo ${#FOO[*]}
> > 
> > 
> > And, here is the output.
> > 
> > test_file
> > file_size
> > 0
> > 0
> > 
> > Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
> 
> The right hand side of the pipe is running in its own subshell so
> it has its own copy of FOO.
> 
> One fix is
> #!/usr/local/bin/bash
> COUNTER=0
> while read LINE
> do
>          echo ${LINE}
>          FOO[${COUNTER}]=${LINE}
>          COUNTER=`expr ${COUNTER} + 1`
> done < ./test_file.txt

Another alternative would be to use zsh, which makes sure that the last
component of a pipeline is run in the current shell process so the original
script would have worked.

-- 
        Dan Nelson
        dnel...@allantgroup.com
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