Re: Comparing strings

From: Grant Taylor (gtaylo...)

On 7/13/21 11:46 AM, ELCV wrote:
> Hello


> I can't get this right. What I have is a script to backup VM
> guests. The command is called with an argument, for example:
> /usr/local/bin/ FOO
> Some of the VMs have two disks and I want to back them both up. Two of
> the VMs have vert large data partitions that are backed up separately
> and I want to exclude them.

Okay. That sounds like some VMs can use a default, some need slightly
different, and still others need something special.

> If I do this:
> if [ "$1" != "FOO" ];
> then
> echo "I can backup the 2nd volume";
> else
> exit;
> fi
> It works. But if I add an "or" condition as follows:
> if [ "$1" != "FOO" ] || [ "$1" != "BAR" ] ;
> then
> echo "I can backup the 2nd volume";
> else
> exit;
> fi
> It fails.

ORed negative logic is ... tricksy.

> I have tried this a number of different ways and I can't get it. Any
> guidance is appreciated. Thanks.

I would be tempted to try a case statement:

case ${1} in
# FOO's specific backup.
# specific backup for BAR and BOB.
# default backup for all other systems.

I also find that such a case statement is a lot easier to maintain long
term as systems are added / changed / removed.

Depending on how the backups work, you might consider breaking out the
actual backup actions to their discrete steps and call them as a
function. E.g. FOO would call functions 1 and 2, while BAR & BOB call
functions 2 and 3, and then everyone else would only call functions 1
and 3. Use the case as a method to choosoe which pieces to run and then
call the necessary common pieces.

Grant. . . .
unix || die

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Comparing strings... by ELCV on Jul 13th 2021, 17:46