Bash: Merge foldername from variable with filename

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – First I write a configfile with all my parameters like this path="/home/test/" I name it test.conf. Then I write a shell script with this content, name it test, and make it executable with chmod +x. #!/bin/bash #read the config file . /home/test/test.conf #cat the file /home/test/test cat `$path`test #This line is the problem I get this output ./test/test: line 3: /home/test/: Is a directory cat: test: No such file or directory What I would like is that it shows me the content of the file /home/test/test. How do I write this script correctly, so that it doesn't make a new line aft (HowTos)