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Re: [vox-tech] bash, short circuit logic, and errexit
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Re: [vox-tech] bash, short circuit logic, and errexit



On Fri, Jan 18, 2008 at 11:08:47AM -0800, Bryan Richter bryan.richter-at-gmail.com |lugod| wrote:
> Does everyone agree that the following script shouldn't last forever?
> And if you agree, does it last forever nonetheless?
> 
> ----------
> #!/bin/bash
> 
> set -e
> 
> false && false;
> 
> while true; do
>     echo "Still here"
>     sleep 1
> done
> 
> ---------
> 
> I discovered that 'diff -q $file1 $file2 && echo "no differences"'
> wasn't ending my script, in spite of having 'set -e'. From the example
> above, which does last forever, it looks like all short-circuit logic
> confounds it.
> 
> bash 3.00.15(1)-release
> 
> Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES release 4 (Nahant Update 4)

You could work around the problem with 

diff -q $file1 $file2
echo "no differences"

If it exits on non-zero return.  The only problem with doing it that way
is clarity.
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