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# 1  
Old 05-09-2011
Data > 5 ")syntax error: operand expected (error token is " error

im kinda new to shell scripting so i need some help

i try to run this script and get the error code
> 5 ")syntax error: operand expected (error token is "

the code for the script is

# script to see if the given value is correct
# Define errors
ER_AF=86 # Var is higher than five
ER_BO=87 # Var is below one
# Constants
# Execute sio and
# give var the output value of sio
var="$(/disk/sio -p3 -b57600 -R)"
echo $var
# Test if var is above 5
if (( "$var" > "$a" ));
 echo "test failed" # Var is higher than 5
 exit $ER_AF
# Test if var is below 1
 if (( "$var" < "$b" ));
  echo "test failed" # var is below 1
  exit $ER_BO
  echo "test succes" # var is between 1 & 5

sio gives a numerical value as reply
dont know whats wrong Smilie

Last edited by metal005; 05-09-2011 at 10:35 AM..
# 2  
Old 05-09-2011
var="$(/disk/sio -p3 -b57600 -R)"
echo $var
What is the output from this bit of the script?

The error suggests that this is something to do with $var not being an integer number.
# 3  
Old 05-09-2011
it's just a decimal value, like 1, 2, 3 and so on
sio reads a value from a com-port and sends it to the terminal
# 4  
Old 05-09-2011
Can we see exactly what the program produces? The "sed" is to make all characters visible

var="$(/disk/sio -p3 -b57600 -R)"
echo "$var" | sed -n l

By the way, what Operating System and version do you have? This should dictate what type of Shell is /bin/sh .

I actually think that $var is empty, but I don't the same Shell as you in order to generate the exact error message.

Last edited by methyl; 05-09-2011 at 11:23 AM..
# 5  
Old 05-09-2011
found the problem...

# Test if var is above 5
if (( "$var" > "$a" ));
 echo "test failed" # Var is higher than 5
 exit $ER_AF

has to be
# Test if var is above 5
if [[ "$var" > "$a" ]]
 echo "test failed" # Var is higher than 5
 exit $ER_AF


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