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How would I add a value to a new variable in bash, so that when I echo the variable Emacs would run?

  • can you clarify what exactly you want/expect, what have you tried and what didn't work for you? – Jakuje Jan 10 '16 at 14:14
  • For example I would like to create a variable EDITOR and than add a value to it, so that with command echo $EDITOR, Emacs would open and I could write something in it – Helga Jan 10 '16 at 14:24
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You can't make bash to invoke commands during echo as far as I know. If I understand well your question you are searching for alias keyword.

alias editor='emacs'
editor  # will invoke emacs

You can store the alias in your .bashrc or just edit on-the-fly as you wish.

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Is this what you were looking for?

editor=emacs
$editor          # This will invoke emacs.

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