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Old 10-29-2006, 10:51 PM   #1
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vi & script building

Hi can any one help me with the command to build a script in vi as i am new to this or help me to build a test script so i can understand how to build my own

Old 10-29-2006, 11:09 PM   #2
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the Hello World script

save into a file and chmod the file to at least 700


echo "hello world"
exit $?
check this out:

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Old 10-29-2006, 11:14 PM   #3
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Are you asking for help on how to write a bash script or how to use vi?

If you want to write a bash script just write a text file where each line is the command you want to run. You can add more advanced structures like "if" statements and such, and there is a tutorial at

if you don't like it, there are about a bazillion others, just google "bash script tutorial"

As for vi, if you've never used it before I would recommend a different text editor. (Yes, I do know that this invites flames.) Vi is a very powerful text editor. Thus, it comes with a steeper learning curve even though it is very efficient. A great text editor, but using it on your first bash script is a bit like using a ballistic missile on a soup cracker.

I might recommend nano, it has a very WYSIWYG interface and is well suited to small taks. If you aren't bound to the command line you can use any number of graphical text editors. If you are stuck on vi, just google "vi tutorial" and you're sure to come up with a good bit.
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FYI, you'll find vim (Vi Improved) a little easier to work with eg syntax highlighting etc.
You may find vi has been aliased to vim already....
Old 10-30-2006, 01:34 AM   #5
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most importantly and shows above make sure the first line is #!/bin/bash for a bash script. #!/usr/bin/expect for expect script #!/usr/bin/python etc....for the language your using. For python scipts and such you can google "python example" or "python script" and there's a bunch to look at.
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Thanks to every for the help and links i will give this a go on the week end when a have free time play around with it



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