Shell Script to swap values in two variables x and y

# Shell Script to swap values in two variables x and y
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echo "Enter value for x : "
read x
echo "Enter value for y : "
read y
echo "Before swap, x = $x and y = $y"
echo "After swap, x = $x and y = $y"
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5 comments… add one
  • bhavu Oct 26, 2012 @ 13:31

    This may be a simpler of all!
    read a b
    t=`expr $a`
    a=`expr $b`
    b=`expr $t`
    exit 0

  • Bash Guru Jul 31, 2012 @ 21:42

    a=5; b=3
    read a b <<<"$b $a"
    echo $a $b

    • newunx Dec 23, 2012 @ 6:08

      hi, can you plz explain what that “<<<" sign does…? "<<" is here document and what that thirs "<" sign does…? plz help..

      • Bash Guru Apr 18, 2013 @ 21:22

        < input a file
        << input a "here document"
        <<< input a "here string"

  • Anil Pappachan Apr 9, 2009 @ 6:03

    Try this option, we can avoid the third variable

    echo -e “Type the value of x : ”
    read x
    echo -e “Type the value of y : ”
    read y
    x=`expr $x + $y`
    y=`expr $x – $y`
    x=`expr $x – $y`

    echo -e “The value of x :$x ”
    echo -e “The value of y :$y “

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