Ever notice that Java properties files are fairly similar to bash scripts? Here is a short bash script that takes a valid Java properties file called language.properties, massages it into a format that is compatible with bash syntax, writes it to a temporary file and sources it.
TEMPFILE=$(mktemp) cat language.properties|\ sed -re 's/"/"/'g|sed -re 's/=(.*)/="\1"/g'>$TEMPFILE source $TEMPFILE rm $TEMPFILE
After running this script, all of the properties in the Java properties file become available as environment variables.