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    Default Problem using Curl inside bash script

    Hi All,

    Here is what I am trying to do:

    1. testfile will have urls (one url per line)
    2. The script should read each line and use that line inside the curl command to download it manually

    Here is my script:

    root@Cheetah july13]# cat
    while read -r line
    echo $line
    let count=count+1
    cmd="curl -k -u \"usernameassword\""
    echo $cmd
    cmd2="$cmd -o $count.file $line"
    echo $cmd2
    done < $file

    Here is the testfile output:

    [root@Cheetah july13]# cat testfile

    Here is the issue that I am facing when executing the script:

    [root@Cheetah july13]# ./
    curl -k -u "usernameassword"
    curl -k -u "usernameassword" -o 1.file 'url1'
    curl: no URL specified!
    curl: try 'curl --help' or 'curl --manual' for more information

    NOTE: I have replaced sensitive information like URLs, and credentials with simple text like url and username/password.

    I have tried removing the single quotes in the testfile but it doesn't work. The reason I need(I am not sure if I really need, please comment) single quotes is that the URL has bunch of special characters like ?, #, ?. I tried without quotes and here is what I got:
    [root@Cheetah july13]# ./
    curl -k -u "usernameassword"
    curl -k -u "usernameassword" -o 1.file url1
    curl: no URL specified!
    curl: try 'curl --help' or 'curl --manual' for more information

    Please help.


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    please use CODE tag.

    `$cmd' do not have an url, `$cmd2' has.

    don't use variables to store commands and execute them, use functions.
    myCurl() {
       curl -k -u "username:password" "$@"
    myCurl -o $countFile "$line"
    bash variables can't have a dot in their names.
    A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved.

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