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Re: Light weight support for JSON

From: Greg Wooledge
Subject: Re: Light weight support for JSON
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2022 22:07:57 -0400

On Sun, Aug 28, 2022 at 08:47:24PM -0400, Dale R. Worley wrote:
> The "obvious" way to support Json in Bash would be a utility that parses
> Json and produces e.g. a Bash associative array, and conversely a
> utility that reads a Bash associative array and produces Json.  The real
> limitation is that it's difficult to have a subprocess set Bash's
> variables.  As far as I know, there's no good idiom for that.

The standard idiom for this sort of thing is

eval "$(external-tool)"

This means you need to *trust* the external-tool to produce safe code.

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