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I have some text stored on my clipboard. I want to store this text onto a shell script "variable".

So something like:

ls -altr > pbcopy
tmp="something"
pbpaste > $tmp    # this doesn't get the ls command output :(
echo $tmp         # should not print something
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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Try

ls | pbcopy
tmp=$(pbpaste)

And don't forget to remove the files called pbcopy and something you created with your first and second line.

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lol @patrix...thanks for that. extra points for humor. –  Kaushik Gopal Mar 10 '12 at 20:08
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This works for me...

#!/bin/bash

ls -altr | pbcopy
tmp=`pbpaste`
echo $tmp

You needed a pipe rather than redirect on the pbcopy line and you can use = to assign tmp to the result of pbpaste - remembering the backticks around pbpaste, of course, otherwise it will just echo the word "pbpaste"!

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Thanks @binarybob, this solution works too. yup backticks is important, also not to be mistaken for single quotes ' –  Kaushik Gopal Mar 10 '12 at 20:11
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