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Old 07-13-2012, 12:39 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by porphyry5 View Post
What command within a sourced script will stop execution and return to it's shell's command prompt?
You can use return for this.

return [n]
Cause a shell function to exit with the return value n. If n is not supplied, the return value is the exit status of the last command executed in the function. This may also be used to terminate execution of a script being executed with the . (or source) builtin, returning either n or the exit status of the last command executed within the script as the exit status of the script. Any command associated with the RETURN trap is executed before execution resumes after the function or script. The return status is non-zero if return is used outside a function and not during the execution of a script by . or source.
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:39 PM   #17
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Glad I could be of service.

I was thinking though that it would be more robust to set it up as a trap. That way it will print the output whenever the script fails or is manually terminated as well.

	declare > file.txt
	exit $1

trap 'saveenv $?' INT TERM EXIT
You can modify the function to include other commands too, of course.

The hard quotes around the trap command ensure that the exit code of the final command to run gets passed to the function, and therefore preserved as the script's exit code. Double-quotes would expand the value at the time the trap is set up instead, and you'd (probably) always get 0.

(Edit: Sheesh! Between the time I opened the page and the time I posted, there've been 3 posts. Kinda confuses the context of what I was replying to. Sorry. )

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