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Ruby Version Manager (RVM) installed like so:

bash -s stable < <(curl -s

I understand what first < mean (feeds bash script to bash interpreter), I'm confused with <(...) part. So, what parentheses do here and the less than sign. In which cases we can use same syntax?

I tried to dig on the internet, found this SO question and this question on ubuntuforums: But still have no idea why we use those parentheses and why we use input redirection twice.

bash < curl -s

ain't the same?


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up vote 6 down vote accepted

It's process substitution. It feeds the output of the command into a FIFO that can be read from like a normal file.

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It means "run the command inside the brackets, and return a filename that represents the standard output of that command here".

So, that translates to two commands:

curl ... > something
bash -s stable < something

...where "something" is the magic. (Typically, /dev/fd/... or a pipe.)

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