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The ";" is relevant to shell meaning "execute next command synchronously". You are not however, just in the the shell itself once you issue "while" you are in the loop so you have to use the syntax understood by while itself. You are not asking it to execute another command but rather to continue with the "while" command.
So on command line you'd have to type it as 3 lines:
If you're creating a script you can put this within the script.
If you can't do a usermod or moduser to change the shell (which you can't if you don't have root access) you can always start it as a subshell just by typing the name of the new shell at the command line:
If you don't want it to be a subshell you could just type:
That way when you exit bash it will log you out because csh won't be there any more.
You could add the "exec bash" to your $HOME/.login file to make it do it automatically when you login with csh.
P.S. You can make your scripts run as bash by adding the interpreter line as the first line of the script:
That way even if you have coworkers that run the scripts you create from their own csh logins the script itself will invoke bash before executing the commands that follow.
Last edited by MensaWater; 06-27-2007 at 02:18 PM.