How to dynamically name as function in shell?

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Old 09-10-2013
How to dynamically name as function in shell?

Hi all,

Does anyone know if it possible to append a parameter to a function name?

Something like the following:

function tnsrec_${SERVICE_NAME} {

Any ideas?

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 09-10-2013 at 02:32 PM.. Reason: Removed proportional font definition within code tags
# 2  
Old 09-10-2013
Are you trying to achieve something like this?
# cat 
function tnsrec_SERVICE1 {
echo "Test ok"


eval tnsrec_${SERVICE_NAME}

# ./ 
Test ok

# 3  
Old 09-10-2013
hmm, thnx for feedback.

I am supplying a parameter to a script and need to use that parameter to name a function.

In your code, where is the close ']' bracket?

also, when do I place the eval ?

Thanks again.

# 4  
Old 09-10-2013
You can't use eval to dynamically name a function in that way.

But why would you want to?

If you can pass any value into a script and thus have a function with any name, why not just chose any name for the function to begin with?

What you are trying to do doesn't really make any sense.

BTW, I think the [ may have been a typo.
# 5  
Old 09-10-2013
I need to dynamically name a fnction so a watchdog script can identify a process.

so I need to append a parameter to a function name.

If you have any idea on how to do this I would be grateful.
# 6  
Old 09-10-2013
$ cat myScript

. <(cat <<!
function somefunction_$F {
  echo "\$0: Test OK"

eval somefunction_$F

# ./myScript blah
somefunction_blah: Test OK

# ./myScript
somefunction_default: Test OK

This method might be a bit inflexible since you have to escape anything in the function that belongs to the function, otherwise the shell will evaluate it.

Another method, using a temporary functions file:

# cat myScript
sed "s/:name:/$F/" funcs.tmp >

. ./
eval somefunction_$F

# cat funcs.tmp
function somefunction_:name: {
  echo "$0: Test OK"

# ./myScript blah
somefunction_blah: Test OK
# ./myScript 
somefunction_default: Test OK

Last edited by Scott; 09-10-2013 at 12:21 PM.. Reason: Method without using temporary functions file; - added it back in again!
# 7  
Old 09-10-2013
hmm. appending a parameter to a function name is not proving easy.

Ideally I just need 1 script rather than several.

I am getting a little confused.

i would call the script in the following way:
bash myscript SERVICE_NAME

In my script I have:

export SERVICE_NAME=$1

function tnsrec_${SERVICE_NAME} {

..lines of code


Last edited by jonnyd; 09-10-2013 at 02:05 PM..
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