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Old 04-07-2008
multiplication shows syntax error

my shell script is simple arithmetic addtion,substract and divide all can be worked only except multiplication.please help me.the shell is following:
echo "enter a number1:"
read number1
echo "enter an operator:"
read operator
echo "enter a number2:"
read number2
echo "result is:"
result='expr $number1 $operator $number2'
echo $result

Last edited by Yogesh Sawant; 04-08-2008 at 06:57 AM.. Reason: added code tags
# 2  
Old 04-07-2008
What does * represent for the shell?

That should help you see what is going wrong...
# 3  
Old 04-07-2008
Since you have posted very lately a few, that give me the feeling its close to homework if not...
I will just show you that modifying just a little your script I end with:
ra:/home/vbe $ calcul   
enter a number1:
enter an operator:
enter a number2:
result is:
ra:/home/vbe $

Look at my previous post and think hard...

Last edited by Yogesh Sawant; 04-08-2008 at 06:58 AM.. Reason: added code tags
# 4  
Old 08-07-2008
I get the strings concatenated if i use below:

expr $temp*60

it gives me '23*60' as output instead of the actual multiplied value.
Could you please help me out?
# 5  
Old 08-07-2008
I got it now. Thanks anyways..

it must be expr[space]$variable[space]\*[space]60

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