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Old 06-18-2010, 09:32 AM   #1
jchmski
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Syntax error near unexpected token


I'm fairly new to shell scripting and am having the hardest time figuring out why this simple script is giving me an error

#! /bin/sh

printf "Confirm (y/n): "
read confirm
if [ "$confirm" = "y" ]
echo "confirmed"
else
echo "not confirmed"
fi

the error is "syntax error near unexpected token `else'

I'm using TextEdit on OSX (sorry I'm limited to this). The only thing I can think of is that it's reading some return character and getting thrown off. I've tried saving the script using different encoding types but the same error pops up.

Note: I also get an error at line 2 because it does not regonize \r as a command

Any idea on what's causing this?
 
Old 06-18-2010, 09:39 AM   #2
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You're missing a "; then" and also you have a type in the shebang (first line).

Code:
#!/bin/sh

printf "Confirm (y/n): "
read confirm
if [ "$confirm" = "y" ]; then
echo "confirmed"
else
echo "not confirmed"
fi
For the \r error, sounds like you have Windows end-of-line characters. Convert them to Unix (dos2unix, or in vi :set ff=dos)
 
Old 06-18-2010, 09:42 AM   #3
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WHOOPS! sorry i DO have the 'then' in my script i just forgot to type it out when i posted, so it's not the 'then' that's causing it.
 
Old 06-18-2010, 10:01 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by jchmski View Post
WHOOPS! sorry i DO have the 'then' in my script i just forgot to type it out when i posted, so it's not the 'then' that's causing it.
We can't really help you unless we have full, accurate and complete information to work with - we could try to divine the answer, but that might take a while!

Please cut and paste your complete script, and also the complete error message you get when you try and execute it (which should include useful things like line numbers).
 
Old 06-18-2010, 10:05 AM   #5
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I figured it out. It's the ^M characters at the end of each line...

I opened vi and ran %s/^M//g and that did the trick.
 
Old 06-18-2010, 10:28 AM   #6
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Well as John has said, not giving the whole information, such as I wrote this script in windows, does kinda make it difficult to assist.
Maybe next time
 
  


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