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Invoking a Bash Script

  • Any collection of bash commands may be stored in a file; a shell script file (usually called ).
  • The collection of bash commands can be written and saved in a text editor (kate).
  • Bash can be invoked to execute the commands in that file by typing sh
  • Open a text editor and write <code bash> echo “How many files/folders i have in this directory?” ls | wc -l </code>
  • Save the file in the current directory as
  • Run it by typing. <code bash> bash </code> Of course can include several commands and can be run recursively.
    Like other programming languages bash has variables and flow control statements: e.g. if-then-else, while, for, goto.
    Moreover it is possible to insert other scripts built up under other software languages.

The use of arguments by invoking a Bash Script

Arguments or parameters are variables that can be inserted after “sh myfirstscript” and are are passed to your script.
The use of arguments has the following syntax:
bash argument1 argument2 argument3 ….
and in the script the arguments are recalled as:
argument1 = $1
argument2 = $2

  1. Open a text editor and write:
echo "use $1"
echo "to create $2" 
  1. Save the file in the current directory as
  2. Run it by typing:
bash input.txt output.txt

The use of arguments are very useful to create a little script that computes operation that are later recalled in other scripts. A practical example is to create a script called that calculate the average in a column data using the input.txt file and produces the output.txt file.

wiki/invokingbash.txt · Last modified: 2017/12/05 22:53 (external edit)