Bug 42282

Summary: read command does not accept input from pipe.
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Lisa Rojas <ladycomix>
Component: bashAssignee: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer <bero>
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE QA Contact: David Lawrence <dkl>
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Description Lisa Rojas 2001-05-25 15:02:54 UTC
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Description of problem:
Simplified version
echo 1 | read a
echo $a

The variable a does not come out as the expected 1.  Instead, the variable is unset. 
Note this problem also appears in pdksh.   

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. echo 1 |read a
2.echo a

Actual Results:  variable is not set.

Expected Results:  Variable should be set to 1 in the example.  

Additional info:

Comment 1 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2001-05-28 07:02:00 UTC
This is what the Single UNIX spec says:

"Some systems have implemented the last stage of a pipeline in the current
environment so that commands such as: 

    command | read foo

set variable foo in the current environment. This extension is allowed, but not
required; therefore, a shell programmer should consider a pipeline to be in a
subshell environment, but not depend on it."

And 'man bash' (line 277) says:

"Each  command in a pipeline is executed as a separate process (i.e., in a

So it isn't really a bug in bash, as far as I can see.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 19747 ***