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Import .env settings in shell script

Sometimes you have a set of environment variables in a .env file. And sometimes you would like to consume them in a shell script. You can do that like this:

export $(cat .env | xargs)

In some special cases you might have the .env file somewhere on the net and would like to include it. Here curl comes in handy:

export $(curl -SsL https://my.coolserver.com/.env | xargs)

This URL also can be a link to some raw file on GitHub or GitLab.

But be careful about what you include from somewhere on the net!

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