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Old 02-18-2013, 01:51 PM   #1
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Is it possible to create a bash script to create multiple new bash scripts


Just wondering if is possible to create a bash script to create multiple new bash scripts.
i.e, run one script which creates a backup, restore, config and setup script (then runs the setup script)?

Just wondering how it is possible to get around issues like the shebang being repeated etc....
 
Old 02-18-2013, 02:00 PM   #2
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Sure, what problems are you facing? The shebang being repeated doesn't matter, because "#" is a comment in a bash script. It only has the special meaning of a "shebang" when it's the first line in the file.

Here's a self-replicating script:
Code:
#!/bin/bash

rm -f newscript.sh

while read line; do
echo "$line" >> newscript.sh
done < $0

chmod +x newscript.sh
exit

Last edited by suicidaleggroll; 02-18-2013 at 02:02 PM.
 
Old 02-18-2013, 02:20 PM   #3
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Sure, what problems are you facing? The shebang being repeated doesn't matter, because "#" is a comment in a bash script. It only has the special meaning of a "shebang" when it's the first line in the file.

Here's a self-replicating script:
Code:
#!/bin/bash

rm -f newscript.sh

while read line; do
echo "$line" >> newscript.sh
done < $0

chmod +x newscript.sh
exit

Ok this will probably make me crazy but will try to work through it, just want to get my head around the logic and commands - so I want to create a file called "newtest" which when ./newtest runs will create a script called "newtest2" which chmods and runs it to echo "it worked".

Question 1 - how to create a script to create and write (vi) to a new script? (confused)
Question 2 - If ctl-v followed by escape is correct - then i to insert ane ctl-v x: to save and exit, then chmod and run - Is this order even correct yet alone the syntax???
Question 3 - Is it worth it? should i just keep 5/6 separate scripts???
Code:
#!/bin/bash
touch newtest2
vi newtest2

^[i
#!/bin/bash
echo "it workd"
^[:x
 chmod 755 newtest2
./newtest2
 
Old 02-18-2013, 02:28 PM   #4
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Just use echo with I/O redirection like I did in the post you quoted:

Code:
#!/bin/bash

echo "#!/bin/bash" > newtest2
echo 'echo "it worked"' >> newtest2

chmod +x newtest2
./newtest2
Why do you need 5-6 scripts though? You could just use one script with command line arguments to do what you want. For example
Code:
./script setup
./script backup
./script restore
You can grab the first command line argument with "$1", then use a case statement to figure out and act on whatever operation the caller requested.

Last edited by suicidaleggroll; 02-18-2013 at 02:31 PM.
 
Old 02-18-2013, 02:30 PM   #5
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Just use echo with I/O redirection like I did in the post you quoted:

Code:
#!/bin/bash

echo "#!/bin/bash" > newtest2
echo 'echo "it worked"' >> newtest2

chmod +x newtest2
./newtest2
Genius...thanks a million, there may be hope yet!
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by suicidaleggroll View Post
Just use echo with I/O redirection like I did in the post you quoted:

Code:
#!/bin/bash

echo "#!/bin/bash" > newtest2
echo 'echo "it worked"' >> newtest2

chmod +x newtest2
./newtest2
Why do you need 5-6 scripts though? You could just use one script with command line arguments to do what you want. For example
Code:
MINPARAMS=1

if [ -n "$1" ]
then
echo "#!/bin/bash" > $1
chmod 700 "$1"
fi 

if [ $# -lt "$MINPARAMS" ]
then
  echo Usage: `basename $0` /path/to/script.sh
fi  
exit 0
it only makes one file, but feel free to modify away.
 
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