Right now I have one-liner like this:

curl -fsSL http://git.io/vvZMn | bash

It is downloading script and passing it to bash as stdin file. I would like to run this script with additional argument print.

Maybe something like this?

curl -fsSL http://git.io/vvZMn | bash -- print

But this doesn't work.

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    What are you expecting print to do here? Display the commands being run? If so, try bash -x. Note: this curl | bash routine is a massive security hole; you don't get the see what will be run until your server has been pwned. Aug 26, 2016 at 23:28

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I believe what you are looking for is the -s option. With -s, you can pass arguments to the script.

As a dummy example to illustrate this:

$ echo 'echo 1=$1' | bash -s -- Print

Here, you can see that the script provided on stdin is given the positional parameter Print. Your script takes a -u UUID argument and that can be accommodated also:

$ echo 'echo arguments=$*' | bash -s -- -u UUID print
arguments=-u UUID print

So, in your case:

curl -fsSL http://git.io/vvZMn | bash -s -- print


curl -fsSL http://git.io/vvZMn | bash -s -- -u UUID print

As Stephen Harris pointed out, downloading a script and executing it, sight unseen, is a security concern.


If your system has /dev/stdin, you can use

$ echo 'echo 1=$1' | bash /dev/stdin print

Do not do this:

$ echo 'echo 1=$1' | bash /dev/stdin -- print

If you want to use --, do this:

$ echo 'echo 1=$1' | bash -- /dev/stdin print

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