Bash – How to return a string value from a Bash function


I'd like to return a string from a Bash function.

I'll write the example in java to show what I'd like to do:

public String getSomeString() {
  return "tadaa";

String variable = getSomeString();

The example below works in bash, but is there a better way to do this?

function getSomeString {
   echo "tadaa"


Best Solution

There is no better way I know of. Bash knows only status codes (integers) and strings written to the stdout.