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Old 10-30-2009
An urgent assistance

Does any one know when the below will print hi ?
[ -t 0 ] || echo hi

Thanks in advance

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Old 10-30-2009
It belongs to which shell and which script..
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Old 10-30-2009
Very simple way to test: enter it in your terminal emulation / console.
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Old 10-30-2009
man test :

  -t [fildes]    True if the open file whose file descriptor number
                          is fildes (1 by default) is associated with a
                          terminal device.

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Old 10-30-2009
Originally Posted by kinny
Does any one know when the below will print hi ?
[ -t 0 ] || echo hi

Thanks in advance
If standard output is NOT connected to a terminal echo hi.
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Old 10-30-2009
It will print "hi" when there is no terminal (e.g. from "cron" or "at").

Quick test if you have permissions to use "at":

at now
[ -t 0 ] || echo hi

Result is in unix mail for the user submitting the "at" job.

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