Something is wrong with this switch( case statement.


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Question Something is wrong with this switch( case statement.

I started writing a script to save the files from a camera I got the other day, which mounts in /Volumes , and I got into it and started building this menu. The only problem is that the switch case is coming up as a syntax error at the parenthesis after a case. Here is the code:
Code:
while :
 do
    clear
    echo "-----Menu for Camera Save Script-----"
    echo " Main Menu "
    echo "-------------------------------------"
    echo "[1] Save to dir: Todays date/time"
    echo "[2] Save files custom dir: "
    echo "[5] Exit/Stop"
    echo "======================="
    echo -n "Enter your menu choice [1,2,5]: "
    read yourch
    case "$yourch" in
      1)
        mkdir $HOME/Pictures/`date +%d_%m_%H%M`;
        mv /Volumes/SpyCam/_REC/100MEDIA/* $HOME/Pictures/`date +%d_%m_%H%M`;
        ;;
      2)
	echo "Enter Name of New Dir: ";
        read `newdir`;
        mkdir $HOME/Pictures/$newdir;
        mv /Volumes/SpyCam/_REC/100MEDIA/* $HOME/Pictures/$newdir;
        ;;
      5)
        exit 0;
        ;;
      *)
        echo "No try 1, 2 or 5.";
        echo "Press a key. . .";
        read;
        ;;
  esac
done

As you can see, it displays the menu, and once it does that, it waits for two options, one for an auto named directory with the date and time, or one for a custom named directory. It won't work though. it says there is an unexpected parentheses at 1).
Thanks for anyone who tries to figure this out.
oh, also, I am executing within bash.

Last edited by Franklin52; 11-06-2010 at 09:13 AM.. Reason: Please use code tags
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Hi.

I have seen errors like this when a script has been edited with DOS-style newlines. However, I cannot duplicate your results exactly.

Have you edited this file on Windows or something similar? ... cheers, drl

Last edited by drl; 11-06-2010 at 01:52 PM..
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Text editor

No, I used nano, although I did copy and paste some of it into TextEdit before moving it back along.
here is the actual error message:
/bin/cammenu: line 14: syntax error near unexpected token `)'
/bin/cammenu: line 14: ` 1)'

---------- Post updated at 01:35 PM ---------- Previous update was at 01:01 PM ----------

alright. I redid all of the spacing and finally managed to get it to work. here it is fixed...
I am still making other modifications, but the case thing works now. thanks for the idea.
code:
Code:
#!/bin/bash
while :
do
echo "-----Menu for Camera Save Script-----"
echo " Main Menu "
echo "-------------------------------------"
echo "[1] Save to dir: Todays date/time"
echo "[2] Save files custom dir: "
echo "[5] Exit/Stop"
echo "======================="
echo -n "Enter your menu choice [1,2,5]: "
read yourch
  case "$yourch" in
1)
    mkdir $HOME/Pictures/`date +%d_%m_%H%M`
    mv /Volumes/SpyCam/_REC/100MEDIA/* $HOME/Pictures/`date +%d_%m_%H%M`
    ;;
2)
    echo "Enter Name of New Dir: "
    read `newdir`
    mkdir $HOME/Pictures/$newdir/
    mv /Volumes/SpyCam/_REC/100MEDIA/* $HOME/Pictures/$newdir/
    ;;
5)
    exit 0
    ;;
*)
    echo "No try 1, 2 or 5."
    echo "Press a key. . ."                                                      
    read
    ;;
  esac
done


Last edited by snakemasterAK; 11-06-2010 at 07:41 PM.. Reason: I found the Code tag...
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