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Old 10-21-2002, 10:35 AM   #1
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Question Simple console question

Hi, just playing around with the test thing

Lets say I want to check if file /bin/ls exists

This could be done with 'test -e /bin/ls'
and it should give me False or True but it gives me nothing

Really strange

Does anyone know what the problem is ?

Old 10-21-2002, 11:13 AM   #2
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test -e /bin/ls ; print $?

test does return 1 or 0 (i.e. True or False), but remember a program doesn't print what it returns - it prints what it outputs to stdout or stderr. $? holds the return value of the last command executed. Commands return 0 on success and 1 on failure, so if test returns 0 this means the file exists.


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Old 10-21-2002, 12:35 PM   #3
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test -e /bin/ls ; print $? dont work for me but

test -e /bin/ls ; echo $? did

Thanks :-)

Old 10-21-2002, 02:29 PM   #4
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I think

[ -e /bin/ls ] ; echo $?

should do the same, or you could just do

ls /bin | grep ls


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