November 27th, 2012, 01:59 PM
Using read to prompt for editable user input in Bash 3
Below is a simple script to prompt for user input while suggesting an editable default value at the prompt:
read -e -i $shortname -p "Please enter the username you would like to add: " input
Please enter the username you would like to add: user1
The above is the expected and working output in BASH 4
If I try this same code in BASH 3 it doesn't work because this version does not support the "-i" switch.
I need some help getting the same result in BASH 3.