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Old 11-19-2014, 02:15 PM   #1
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putting a path into a varaible and change directory

I have this script that just unzips a few files.
I have labeled this directory in the "basename"
name space. Which is great becuase I don't have to
write out the whole thing in the line every time I
reference the path. However the script does not change to the
directory. The "cd to $basename" does not work.
the script does not switch to the basename direcotry after it is done .
    wrapper_date=$(/bin/date +%Y%m%d)


    gunzip "$base_path$wrapper_date$file1.gz"
    gunzip "$base_path$wrapper_date$file3.gz"
    #does this not go to the next command unless the gzip is done.
    cd $basepath
Old 11-19-2014, 02:20 PM   #2
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$basepath undefined.
cd $base_path
Old 11-19-2014, 04:21 PM   #3
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Could be a typo but the shell does not inherit a program's environment (actually it is a child process) even though you change directories from within the script once it exists your back where you started.

Last edited by michaelk; 11-19-2014 at 04:33 PM.
Old 11-20-2014, 12:40 AM   #4
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Or you can use pushd/popd to change directories and return to the stored directories when you're done.



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