IF condition against a ARRAY in shell script

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Old 04-26-2010
IF condition against a ARRAY in shell script


I want to check a particular string inserted by User to be checked against the values i already have in a ARRAY string using IF condition. Is this possible? if yes how to do that.
example :

i have a,b,c,d,e,f values in a array called values

i asked user to enter a value:
user entered b as a value
read uservalue

i have to check if the user entered value is present there inside my array using IF condition:
if [ $uservalue exist in ARRAY value ]

Last edited by kukretiabhi13; 04-26-2010 at 04:02 PM..
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Old 04-26-2010
Try something like this:

read ans


while [ $len -gt $i ]
  if [ "${value[$i]}" = "$ans" ]
    # Do your stuff here
  i=$(( $i + 1 ))

I recommend you to read one of the tutorials here:

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Old 04-26-2010
ARRAY=( a b c d e f )
read -p "Enter element : " K
for E in ${ARRAY[@]}
do	[ "$K" = "$E" ] && FOUND=1
echo -n "$K "; ((FOUND)) && echo "found" || echo "not found"

I use a flag here but if you only have to perform an action if found then use following code
ARRAY=( a b c d e f )
read -p "Enter element : " K
for E in ${ARRAY[@]}
do	if [ "$K" = "$E" ]
        then echo "$K found"

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