I have another UNIX bash question if you guys would be so kind. I have a data file like so: Pencils 4 Pens 4 Erasers 6 Highlights 9 Now I want to pass each line as arguments $1 and $2 so that I can work with each line individually. I would like to process each line, for example, like so: echo "$1 have this volume: $2 item(s)" with the following results: Pencils have this volume: 4 item(s) Pens have this volume: 4 item(s) Erasers have this volume: 6 item(s) Highlights have this volume: 9 item(s) I've been racking my brains. I tried the cat command and the < input but it doesn't process them individually. Any help would be great guys. I think bash may be the wrong language for me... Thanks!