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Ok, read name and case name in, you get that part right? If not, post again.
Now, you've done esac. (case spelled backwards, get it?) So, what does that mean?
I think that you're confusing esac with exit.
This stuff is very confusing at first, but will soon be clear to you. This one is fairly simple, which is why I make that statement.
First, case stuff. End the case stuff. The script is still going. So it's just going to enter $name is a nice name, regardless of what happens, because it's not part of the case--it happens after you've ended the case portion.
Have they covered *) as part of a case statement? They probably did. What do you think that would mean?
Sorry to not give the complete answer, but as you say it's homework, I'm trying to do it more as a lesson. I *think* I've given you enough clues.
Heh, yeah, I knew I was taking too long to type. Ok, so much for the lesson, dxqcanada has explained the *)---if nothing matches.
@dxqcanada, that's not a complaint, it's simply saying that you've given a good explanation.
The important thing is that you understand why dxqcanada's example works.
As I said, it all seems confusing at first, so feel free to post again if the examples and explanations aren't clear. Being able to do this one thing isn't the important thing, it's understanding why it works---then you can use it to write far more complex examples.