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Originally posted by darthur
Perderabo,

I tried your suggestion....

echo qmgrcount = $qmgrcount > /dev/tty


but this just outputs "qmgrcount =" when it gets to this part of the function.
This tells that the value of qmgrcount is null or just white space at the point of the echo. That is not what you expected, right? So you are zeroing in on the bug. Think what value you expected for qmgrcount. Until you fix the line that sets qmgrcount your script isn't going to work. You have effectively done this:
qmgrcount=""
just before your if statement. And as we said your if statement will only do something if qmgrcount is 0 or 1 or 2.

This is how I debug my scripts. I put in echo statements to see what values are being set to my variables. When I find a variable whose value doesn't look right, I work with the script until I get it right.

A few posts ago, you spoke of piping the output of wc -l to cut to extract the 8th field. That is crazy, there is no 8th field.
 

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GETPASS(3)						     Linux Programmer's Manual							GETPASS(3)

NAME
getpass - get a password SYNOPSIS
#include <unistd.h> char *getpass( const char *prompt); DESCRIPTION
This function is obsolete. Do not use it. The getpass() function opens /dev/tty (the controlling terminal of the process), outputs the string prompt, turns off echoing, reads one line (the "password"), restores the terminal state and closes /dev/tty again. RETURN VALUE
The function getpass() returns a pointer to a static buffer containing (the first PASS_MAX bytes of) the password without the trailing new- line, terminated by a null byte (''). This buffer may be overwritten by a following call. On error, the terminal state is restored, errno is set appropriately, and NULL is returned. ERRORS
The function may fail if ENXIO The process does not have a controlling terminal. FILES
/dev/tty CONFORMING TO
Present in SUSv2, but marked LEGACY. Removed in POSIX.1-2001. NOTES
For libc4 and libc5, the prompt is not written to /dev/tty but to stderr. Moreover, if /dev/tty cannot be opened, the password is read from stdin. The static buffer has length 128 so that only the first 127 bytes of the password are returned. While reading the password, signal generation (SIGINT, SIGQUIT, SIGSTOP, SIGTSTP) is disabled and the corresponding characters (usually control-C, control-, control-Z and control-Y) are transmitted as part of the password. Since libc 5.4.19 also line editing is disabled, so that also backspace and the like will be seen as part of the password. For glibc2, if /dev/tty cannot be opened, the prompt is written to stderr and the password is read from stdin. There is no limit on the length of the password. Line editing is not disabled. According to the SUSv2, the value of PASS_MAX must be defined in <limits.h> in case it is smaller than 8, and can in any case be obtained using sysconf(_SC_PASS_MAX). However, POSIX.2 withdraws the constants PASS_MAX and _SC_PASS_MAX, and the function getpass(). Libc4 and libc5 have never supported PASS_MAX or _SC_PASS_MAX. Glibc2 accepts _SC_PASS_MAX and returns BUFSIZ (e.g., 8192). BUGS
The calling process should zero the password as soon as possible to avoid leaving the cleartext password visible in the process's address space. SEE ALSO
crypt(3) COLOPHON
This page is part of release 3.25 of the Linux man-pages project. A description of the project, and information about reporting bugs, can be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/. Linux 2000-12-05 GETPASS(3)

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