Tricky implementation of two-dimensional array in Bash

getarray(){ a=$1;b="${a[$2]}";eval "c=$b";echo "${c[$3]}";return 0;};a[0]="( a b c )";a[1]="( d e f )";getarray a 1 2

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2011-02-20 00:58:41

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  • Since Bash doesn't support two-dimensional arrays, you can limit your columns length by some big enough constant value ( in this example 100 ) and then index the array with i and j, or maybe write your own get() and set() methods to index the array properly like I implemented for example ( see Sample output ). For example for i=0 and j=0...99 you'll pick up one of 100 elements in the range [0,99] in the one-dimensional array. For i=1 and j=0...99 you'll pick up one of 100 elements in the range [100,199]. And so on. Be careful when using this, and remember that in fact you are always using one-dimensional array. Show Sample Output


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    arr[i*100+j]="whatever"
    RanyAlbeg · 2011-02-18 00:47:25 2

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