How can I store contents of a file in array, for example:

my file has :

a /n
b /n
c /n
d /n

I want to store each line in array, how can I?

I'm using bash 3 on OSX.

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    mapfile -t array <file – Costas Oct 2 '15 at 17:44
  • @Costas i am getting mapfile command not found error – Mathew Oct 2 '15 at 17:48
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    @Mathew mapfile requires bash version 4.0 or better. What OS are you on? OSX? – John1024 Oct 2 '15 at 17:52
  • yes i am on OSX, but can you tell me a less recent way to doing this array storage because, I will need to run this script is older versions as well – Mathew Oct 2 '15 at 17:54
  • Do you have readlines command? – Costas Oct 2 '15 at 17:55
while IFS= read -r line
done <file
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  • can i loop through the elements by: for test in "${array[@]}" ? – Mathew Oct 2 '15 at 18:05
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    You are free to try. Why do you ask for permission? – Costas Oct 3 '15 at 9:06

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