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Old 01-31-2008
explanation for this line

Hi All,

can you please explain me the meaning of this line--

BackupLocation="/inpass/abc"
Parent=$(expr $BackupLocation : '\(.*\)/.*' \| $BackupLocation)

when i ran this as a command also it did not show me anything so could not get the purpose of this line.

Explain it please.
# 2  
Old 01-31-2008
Here is the ouput under ksh93

Code:
$ BackupLocation="/inpass/abc"
$ echo $BackupLocation
/inpass/abc
$ Parent=$(expr $BackupLocation : '\(.*\)/.*' \| $BackupLocation)
$ echo $Parent
/inpass
$

Note that dirname outputs the same result
Code:
$ dirname /inpass/abc
/inpass

# 3  
Old 01-31-2008
It is an attempt to set the variable Parent. You need to follow it with
echo $Parent
to see anything. Basicly, it strips off a trailing slash followed by some characters. Should the regular expression not match, it just returns the input variable. It will stumble if BackupLocation is set to something like "/abc" which matches the regular expression without returning anything. But that input may not be likely. My preferred solution
Parent=${BackupLocation%/*}
would have the same trouble. A better solution might be:
Parent=$(dirname $BackupLocation)
which should work all the time.
# 4  
Old 02-01-2008
Thanks Guys for all your valuable comments.I got it now.

Thanks
Namish

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