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Help with bash script

syntax seems correct



2:58 pm on Jan 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Using SuSe 10.1, I have a shell script that checks a PSV file and if the file has content (greater than zero) loads an sql text command into MySQL. The syntax seems correct, but I get an error that a there is an unrecognized "token" before "fi".

The file is named pipefilechk.sh and it is in the /bin/ folder. I try to call it in command line with "exec pipefilechk.sh".

I also have it in a crontab, but it is not working.


if [-s /usr/local/src/blist.psv];

/usr/bin/mysql -u someuser -p somepassword < /usr/local/src/blist.sql;

When I just type the "then" command directly into command line, it works.


3:41 pm on Jan 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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2 things to try:
- remove both trailing ';'
- the ' [ ' and ' ] ' should each have a space before and after so it should read
if [ -s /usr/local/src/blist.psv ]

The ' [ ' is not just a bracket, it is the test command.

Kind regards,


6:23 pm on Jan 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member

Thanks. I had tried removing the ; and I noticed the [ spaces ] after posting here.

The more I read, though, the more I realize that this whole issue is specific to bash syntax and shell commands. It is a mess, because my script is using reserved shell commands (-u and -p in the mysql command, and the dot in the files).

This is why it was seing "tokens".

I can't find a work around in the manual or reference files. And only someone who knows shell can answer this.

I suspect it can only be done with assigning variables. But the actual syntax is still escaping me (no pun).


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