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# 1  
Old 09-04-2001
Unmatched 'then'

I am having a problem with the following statement in a korn shell script:

if "$all_recs" = "ALL"; then



I keep getting the error syntax error at line 999 : 'then' unmatched.

I'm sure it is a minor problem, but have been unable to find any answers online. Any help would be appreciated. Also appreciated are any good online sources for korn shell scripting.


Amber Taylor

# 2  
Old 09-04-2001
You should enclose your if statement in square brackets:

if [ "$all_recs" = "ALL" ]

# 3  
Old 09-04-2001
Thank you for your response.

I made the changes you suggested and now I have the syntax error at line 999 : 'if' unmatched. Now the statement looks like:

if ["$all_recs" = "NEW"] then



Also, I am coding behind someone and many of the if statements they used do not have the []'s around them. They are formatted like:

if test $# -ne 3;




if test $file_ext = "file_ext";

Why would they above work, but not the one I did?

Thanks Again,

Amber Taylor
# 4  
Old 09-04-2001
The answer is simple: you either use the test construction -or- square brackets. Also to keep coding simple and avoid having to use semicolons all the the time to delimit commands, put the several components of the if-then-else-fi construct on separate lines:

if [ condition ]
       command 1
       command 2

In your case, you were missing a semicolon just before the 'then'
# 5  
Old 09-04-2001
The use of square brackets is another way
of using the "test" command. Note on the
square brackets... You must have a white
space after the open bracket and before the
close bracket: [ "$somevar" = "somestring" ]

The code: if "$all_recs" = "ALL"; then

...neither had the "test" nor the [ ] and you
need one OR the other.
# 6  
Old 09-04-2001
Smilie Smilie Smilie Smilie

Now I am getting the 'then' unmatched again.

Here is exactly what the statement looks like:

if [ "$all_recs" = "NEW" ]

# Flush the staging table
echo "=== Cleaning the staging table..."
sqlplus -s $connect_string > /dev/null << EOF

Is there a man entry for the if statement? If so, what keyword is it under?


Amber Taylor
# 7  
Old 09-04-2001
Also, $all_recs is a command line argument. I don't know if that makes a difference. Thank you for your earlier reply, I would have never known that spaces were needed inside the brackets!


Amber Taylor

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