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Old 11-12-2010, 11:11 AM   #1
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relative/absolute paths?


I am creating a script and the script will move files to a specified directory. I want the user to be able to enter relative or absolute path names but how can I store the original directory this way? I have tried this :

if [ $1=$path* ]; then
echo $1 >> /root/.../pathName.txt
mv $1 /root/.../
echo `pwd`/$1 >> /root/.../pathName.txt
mv $1 /root/.../

no matter whether I type a relative or absolute path name I always meet the condition at the start

Thanks for any help!
Old 11-12-2010, 01:12 PM   #2
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You have an extraneous asterisk in the test "$path*" - it should just be "$path".

There should be spaces around your equal sign - it may be thinking you're trying to set the variable there rather than doing a test. (Setting a variable would likely always succeed so it would always meet the condition it thinks you're testing for rather than the one you think it is). It should be:
if [ $1 = $path ]

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Old 11-12-2010, 04:55 PM   #3
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tried that but doesnt seem to work i just want to write the original pathname of the file im moving to a text file
cant get it to work any other ideas?
Old 11-13-2010, 04:45 AM   #4
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If you set path with
and modify your if line to
if [[ $1 =~ $path ]]; then
that might work (but not with a filename of ./filename)

The =~ performs a regex comparison



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