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Old 08-18-2008
returning from a function

Hi all,

I am very new to BASH shell programming. I need to return an integer from a function to the caller function. I did this:


function func {

echo "Return code should be 5543"
return $ret


echo $?

but it keeps giving me wrong return:

alirezan@lxb402 /van/work/ip/alirezan/winchester $ ./t
Return code should be 5543
Can someone help me out here, please?

# 2  
Old 08-18-2008
Return codes cannot be more than one eight bit byte can represent. Start with 0-127
If you need to return a string or some arbitrarily large number -

function func {

echo "Return code should be 5543"
echo "$ret"

return_value=$( func )
echo "return_value = $return_value"

# 3  
Old 08-18-2008
great! Thanks!

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