reads from the std input and assigns it to variable REPLY
reads from the std input and assigns it to variable NAME
read x y
reads the first std input till the first space and assignes it to x. the rest of the input (till new line) is assigned to y.
read ANSWER?"Choose a number"
Displays "Choose a number", reads the input and assigns it to ANSWER.
Important option flags
-A input is stored as an array
-d char uses specified char as delimiter, instead of the default delimiter - newline
-t num_sec waits for num_sec seconds for a response
-un reads from file descriptor n
A known problem is discussed here. For some reason if the read command doesn't work use the following example:
read RESPONSE < /dev/tty
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