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Old 08-31-2007, 02:57 AM   #1
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Error running command via shell script

Hi there,

Consider the following command:

find "/cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/lowlife/Desktop/" -wholename '/cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/lowlife/Desktop/asdf' -prune -o -print

When I run that from the command line I get no error. However, when I run it from a shell script I get this error:

find: unknown predicate `-wholename '/cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/lowlife/Desktop/asdf' -prune -o'

My script look like this:

for j in `find "$entry" $exclude -print`; do

where entry="/cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/lowlife/Desktop"
and exclude="-wholename '/cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/lowlife/Desktop/asdf' -prune -o"

Does anyone know what I'm missing?

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Old 08-31-2007, 03:19 AM   #2
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I don't think I have the answer, but the last part doesn't look right. Where you have "do", should it not be "done"?
Old 08-31-2007, 10:38 PM   #3
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No, consider the following script.


entry="/cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/asdfjkl/Desktop"
exclude="-wholename '/cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/asdfjkl/Desktop/asdf' -prune -o"

#find "/cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/asdfjkl/Desktop/" -wholename '/cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/asdfjkl/Desktop/asdf' -prune -o -print

echo "find \"$entry\" $exclude -print"
for j in `find "$entry" $exclude -print`; do
echo "$j"
Looking at the previous comment it looks like I posted the settings incorrectly.

If you test out the test script above (setting up your own directories) you'll find that if you run the command output from echo the find command will work.

However, if you run the script it does not work.


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