BASH alias not working...

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Tue Jun 21 00:15:36 UTC 2005

On Mon, Jun 20, 2005 at 08:06:05PM -0400, Byron Saltysiak wrote:
> I'd also put all the commands you want to run on separate lines and
> check the exit value of the important ones with $? instead of putting
> them all on one line with &&.

I agree that avoiding the 'foo && bar && baz && ...' kind of
construction is generally a good idea.

I wouldn't recommend quite the same alternative strategy, though. When
writing reliable scripts, using 'set -e' at the top of your script and
explicitly ignoring the exit status of the commands you don't care about
(using '|| true' or whatever) is better than relying on yourself to
notice when commands are important enough to need checking.


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at]

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