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Old 07-30-2009
Checking file sizes in script


I'm trying to check a filesize within a script and then excute a relevant action. An example is below:

if [ -f $filename2 ]

   then rm $filename
          rm $filename2

elif [ ! -f $filename2 ]

    then rm $filename2


Basically if $filename2 has a filesize of 0 then I want both files to be removed, but if the filesize is greater then 0 I only want the one file removed. Unfortunately when I run the above script all files are removed regardless of the filesize of $filename2.

Any ideas?



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Last edited by zaxxon; 07-30-2009 at 07:27 AM.. Reason: code tags
# 2  
Old 07-30-2009
if [ -s $filename2 ]
rm $filename2
rm $filename $filename2

# 3  
Old 07-30-2009
use -s flag instead of -f

if [ ! -s $filename2 ]

rm $filename
rm $filename2


rm $filename2


# 4  
Old 07-30-2009
Thanks guys.

What's the difference between -f and -s? and why does -s work and not -f?
# 5  
Old 07-30-2009

    file is a regular file (not a directory or device file)

    file is not zero size

# 6  
Old 07-30-2009

if [ ! -s "${filename2}" ]
        rm "${filename}"
rm "${filename2}"

# 7  
Old 07-30-2009
Hammer & Screwdriver Commonly used test file operators

To answer your question about -f and -s, here is a partial list of the operators that can be used:

-d  file is directory
-e  file exists
-f  file is a normal file
-r  file can be read (surprising how often a process cannot read because of permission issues)
-s  file is greater than 0 bytes
-w  file can be written to (see note on -r)
-x  file is executable (useful when calling another script)


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