Shell script to set environment variables


I wish to write a shell script to export variables.

Below I have listed the script .

echo "Perform Operation in su mode"
export ARCH=arm
echo "Export ARCH=arm Executed"
export PATH='/home/linux/Practise/linux-devkit/bin/:$PATH';
echo "Export path done"
export CROSS_COMPILE='/home/linux/Practise/linux-devkit/bin/arm-arago-linux-gnueabi-';
echo "Export CROSS_COMPILE done"

But this doesn't seem to work properly. I have to individually execute the commands at the shell prompt instead.

This question is tagged with shell

~ Asked on 2013-08-31 11:57:31

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Please show us more parts of the script and tell us what commands you had to individually execute and want to simply.

Meanwhile you have to use double quotes not single quote to expand variables:

export PATH="/home/linux/Practise/linux-devkit/bin/:$PATH"

Semicolons at the end of a single command are also unnecessary.

So far:

echo "Perform Operation in su mode"
export ARCH=arm
echo "Export ARCH=arm Executed"
export PATH="/home/linux/Practise/linux-devkit/bin/:$PATH"
echo "Export path done"
export CROSS_COMPILE='/home/linux/Practise/linux-devkit/bin/arm-arago-linux-gnueabi-' ## What's next to -?
echo "Export CROSS_COMPILE done"
# continue your compilation commands here

For su you can run it with:

su -c 'sh /path/to/'

Note: The OP was not explicitly asking for steps on how to create export variables in an interactive shell using a shell script. He only asked his script to be assessed at most. He didn't mention details on how his script would be used. It could have been by using . or source from the interactive shell. It could have been a standalone scipt, or it could have been source'd from another script. Environment variables are not specific to interactive shells. This answer solved his problem.

~ Answered on 2013-08-31 12:19:34


You need to run the script as source or the shorthand .

source ./


. ./

This will run within the existing shell, ensuring any variables created or modified by the script will be available after the script completes.

Running the script just using the filename will execute the script in a separate subshell.

~ Answered on 2013-08-31 12:17:36

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