There are multiple ways of taking input via the Shell.

Using the ‘read’ command to prompt for input


echo "Enter your name:"
read user_name

echo "Hello $user_name!"

Here’s what the script will look like when we run it.

$ sh nameexample
Enter your name: Sarah
Hello Sarah!

Using Command-Line Arguments for Input

Command line arguments given to a script become variables whose names are numbers. $1 is the first command-line argument, $2 is the second, and so on. $0 is the name by which the script was invoked.

Defining Variables