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Old 06-16-2010, 09:52 PM   #1
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Simple BASH script; understanding loops and case

I'm trying to acquaint myself with shell scripting by following this guide and am getting stuck testing out this script.

All I want it to do is have the script loop continuously, and when I type in a command and 2 optional arguments, it performs the task. Simple way of testing whether I've "got it" or not.

Specific questions:
Am I using the cut command properly?
Is [ ] usable when trying to cut by blank spaces?
Am I using case right?
Is there a way I could have the loop exit if I press ctrl-c or something like that?

while [ read line ]
	command="$(echo $inputline | cut -d[ ] -f1)"
	arg1="$(echo $inputline | cut -d[ ] -f2)"
	arg2="$(echo $inputline | cut -d[ ] -f3)"
	case $command in
		copy) & cp &arg1 &arg2
Old 06-17-2010, 05:32 AM   #2
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Well your script reads some input into a variable called line but the rest of the script doesn't do anything with the variable $line, it then starts to work with the variable $inputline. line is actually the name of a command so it's a poor choice of variable name.

With cut, I think the correct way of using a space as the field separator is with double quotes
echo $inputline | cut -d " " -f 2
I can't make out what you're trying to do with the case command, perhaps something like this?
case $command in
    cp $arg1 $arg2


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