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Re: Unfamiliar; what does this do: "for file do"..."done"


From: Dennis Williamson
Subject: Re: Unfamiliar; what does this do: "for file do"..."done"
Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2016 08:00:15 -0500

On Aug 13, 2016 6:36 AM, "L. A. Walsh" <address@hidden> wrote:
>
> I was looking at how the 'ldd' command(bash script) on my system and
> came across the code usage:
>
> for file do       ## about line 138 in my version
>  ...
>  case $file in
>  */* :
>      ;;
>  *) file=./$file
>     ;;
>  esac
>  ...
> done
>
> It doesn't appear to set the value of file in any of the code
> above the 'for' statement, but is using it in the case statement
> just below the 'for' statement.
>
> As far as I can tell, nothing between the "do" and "done" is
> executed, which as far as I know, would seem to be expected
> behavior.  The 1st line of the file has:
>
> #! /bin/bash
>
> indicating bash (v. posix) semantics.
>
> Is there some shell construct that should make this work (execute),
> or is this "effectively" commenting this section out, though still
> processing quotes?
>
> Seems to have been this way for, the past several years leading me
> to think that the code path doesn't get used, or it's using
> some unknown bash functionality.
>
> It looks like it was intended to loop over program arguments left
> over after flag processing, but that's a guess based on the program
> structure.
>
> Any ideas?
>
> Tnx...
> Linda
>
>
>
>

There's an implied in "$@"

for file in "$@"


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