I've gone through a few good resources on bash/shell commands, trying to get comfortable with the command line interface, but I wasn't quite feeling comfortable still. One of my Dev Bootcamp guides suggested that I try writing a shell script as a way to get a bit better. So I wrote one that checks first for whether it's been passed any arguments. If it doesn't get any, it prints out instructions for the user; if it does get some, it checks whether each argument is a software that is installed, and prints out whatever it finds.
There were a few stuggles and a few very interesting moments with this project.
For one thing, I already knew a bit about
ARGVs and could assume that a shell script
could recognize and iterate over an array. I also assumed that there was some way
to create a conditional flow. Both of these assumptions helped a lot with googling for the commands.
I found this
awesome resource and used it as a command cheatsheet. I decided to use this one
to test if
ARGVs were empty:
That's where my confusion, still unresolved, comes in. I passed it
what I understand is the
ARGV array, and expected that
[ -s $@ ] would fail because
an empty array does not have a size greater than zero. But instead it works, and prints
the following instructions only if the ARGV array has a size equal to zero! So I remain
Still it did the trick—writing this script definitely helped me get greater confidence with writing shell commands! And I now have a much deeper respect and appreciation for Unix...