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10.1 Reading user input with read
In many ocations you may want to prompt the user for some input, and there are several ways to achive this. This is one of those ways:
As a variant, you can get multiple values with read, this example may clarify this.
10.2 Arithmetic evaluation
On the command line (or a shell) try this:
echo 1 + 1
If you expected to see '2' you'll be disappointed. What if you want BASH to evaluate some numbers you have? The solution is this:
This will produce a more 'logical' output. This is to evaluate an arithmetic expression. You can achieve this also like this:
If you need to use fractions, or more math or you just want it, you can use bc to evaluate arithmetic expressions.
if i ran "echo $[3/4]" at the command prompt, it would return 0 because bash only uses integers when answering. If you ran "echo 3/4|bc -l", it would properly return 0.75.
10.3 Finding bash
From a message from mike (see Thanks to)
you always use #!/bin/bash .. you might was to give an example of
how to find where bash is located.
'locate bash' is preferred, but not all machines have locate.
'find ./ -name bash' from the root dir will work, usually.
Suggested locations to check:
ls -l /bin/bash
ls -l /sbin/bash
ls -l /usr/local/bin/bash
ls -l /usr/bin/bash
ls -l /usr/sbin/bash
ls -l /usr/local/sbin/bash
(can't think of any other dirs offhand... i've found it in
most of these places before on different system).
You may try also 'which bash'.
10.4 Getting the return value of a program
In bash, the return value of a program is stored in a special variable called $?.
This illustrates how to capture the return value of a program, I assume that the directory dada does not exist. (This was also suggested by mike)
10.5 Capturing a commands output
This little scripts show all tables from all databases (assuming you got MySQL installed). Also, consider changing the 'mysql' command to use a valid username and password.
10.6 Multiple source files
You can use multiple files with the command source.
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