I want create simple xml file using bash script ( not with dom )

but when I set value in the line then echo print the $lorem word and not the val


echo '<root><foo a="b">$lorem</foo><bar value="ipsum" /></root>' >> $MY_XML

I also try this

echo '<root><foo a="b">\$lorem</foo><bar value="ipsum" /></root>' >> $MY_XML

echo '<root><foo a="b">"$lorem"</foo><bar value="ipsum" /></root>' >> $MY_XML

echo '<root><foo a="b">\"$lorem\"</foo><bar value="ipsum" /></root>' >> $MY_XML

but all these print the exactly the line and not the val

please advice how to print the val $lorem ? as the following example

 <root><foo a="b">LOL</foo><bar value="ipsum" /></root>

Print the line on this way:

echo '<root><foo a="b">'"$lorem"'</foo><bar value="ipsum" /></root>' >> "$MY_XML"

This is need because single quotes deny shell interpreter from replace environment variables inside

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Frustratingly perhaps, one of the combinations you omitted would have worked:

echo "<root><foo a=\"b\">$lorem</foo><bar value=\"ipsum\" /></root>" >> $MY_XML

Single quotes leave everything exactly as you type it. Escaping with \ will not work. Double quotes will evaluate the string. Inside double quotes you can use \ to escape specific characters (including the double-quote character itself).

You could also combine parts of the string that are quoted in different ways. Here, $lorem remains double-quoted but the rest of the string is surrounded with single quotes:

echo '<root><foo a="b">'"$lorem"'</foo><bar value="ipsum" /></root>' >> $MY_XML
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Use in-line document with cat

cat >destfile <<EOF
<your ZML here...where $vas expand happly>
but the rest remain as is

I used it in a lot of scripts

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