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Re: set -n ruins shell

From: Paul Jarc
Subject: Re: set -n ruins shell
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 17:37:41 -0400
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George Herson <address@hidden> wrote:
> Chet Ramey wrote:
>>>How can i use set -n to check scripts?  It fails with a script argument.
>> `bash -n scriptname'
> Has the same problem as when I run w/o an argument, as i've said
> twice before.

What problem is that?

> address@hidden /root]# cat > /tmp/tmpscript
> echo "hello"
> echobad
> address@hidden /root]# bash -c "set -n /tmp/tmpscript"  # line 2

This sets the -n flag, and then sets $1 to "/tmp/tmpscript".  If you
want to set the -n flag, and then source the script, do this:
bash -c 'set -n; . /tmp/tmpscript'

> tmpscript has a syntax error so why didn't I get any output from line 2?

It's not a syntax error, it's just a nonexistent command.  But you
didn't get an error message because you didn't tell bash to run the


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