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Old 01-13-2004, 11:45 AM   #1
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how to grep within a script, and test result?

I want to grep for a record in a text file from within a ksh script. I want to pass a variable.

grep `$checkpolicy $DONELIST`

If the result is successfull skip the next piece of code, (which sends an email), and continue. The email will have already been sent on the previous pass.

How do i test for the result, what parameter will the grep return?

Old 01-13-2004, 12:06 PM   #2
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grep returns a 0 on a find. You can check the return code with the $? variable.

DONELIST="file1 file2 file3"

grep $checkpolicy $DONELIST

if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
   echo "Hey, found it"
   echo "No such luck"
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Thanks for the quick reply, it is greatly appreciated. I am still trying to get a handle on shell scripting, very new to it.

Is this a good forum for shell scripting type of questions?

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Originally posted by bobbyr
Is this a good forum for shell scripting type of questions?
It's definitely better than nothing I know that myself and a few others are pretty familiar with shell scripting, so feel free to ask anytime.
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