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Old 10-02-2001
Korn vs Bash

Let's say I have
alias good_op=`[[ "$sign" = "+" || "$sign" = "-" ]]`

in a Korn shell script. How can I write that in a non-interactive bash shell?
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Old 10-02-2001
Have you tried that in bash? Bash implements some of the cool features of ksh, so that entire statement (possibly even most of your script) very well may work in bash.
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Old 10-02-2001
thanks, it didn't work in bash, but I found a way around:
using test, do, and done -
test [ "$sign" = "+" -o "$sign" = "-" ]; do...

not the most elegant, but it works.
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Old 10-02-2001
I got your alias to work in bash. But when I do "bash --version", I get 2.03. I'm guessing that you are using an older version of bash.

The only feature that I miss in bash is the ksh co-process code. Once bash picks that up, I will probably switch to bash.
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Old 10-02-2001
this is my version:
GNU bash, version 2.03.8(1)-release (i386-redhat-linux-gnu)
Copyright 1998 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

The alias will only work in an interactive shell. I get an interactive shell when I login, but any script that runs will start its own non-interactive shell.

Oh, this is bash2.
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Old 10-02-2001
You're right. I tested interactively and I can't get bash to use aliases at all in a script. A more elegant work-around is to switch to functions. I think the existence of functions is why both ksh and bash have weak alias commands. The function is:

good_op() { [[ $sign = + || $sign = - ]] ; }

and yes, with the [[ command, you can drop all those double quotes you had.
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