User dir access using ~ in sh

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Old 11-09-2007
User dir access using ~ in sh

I am writing code to copy file if user dir exists.
Code snippet :

if [ -d ~user1 ]
cp ~user1/file file
cp ~user2/file file

This code works if shell is ksh but not if shell is sh.
Can anyone suggest how this can work in sh script?

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Old 11-09-2007
Originally Posted by Ashishp
This code works if shell is ksh but not if shell is sh.
You could use "getent passwd username" to get the record for the user, then extract the home directory from there, else use

`/usr/bin/ksh -c "echo ~$username"`
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