Not successful if statements returning error code
a.fatoum at pengutronix.de
Wed Jul 28 01:56:47 PDT 2021
On 23.07.21 12:18, Andrej Picej wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have a question about Hush shell and the use of its conditional statements.
> We have come upon an interesting behaviour with its return values.
> If the condition of the if statement is not true then the return value is 1 (error code), and if the condition is true the return value is 0 (success).
> Simple test:
>> if [ 0 -gt 1 ]; then
>> echo "0 gt 1, Ret: $?"
>> echo "Ret: $?"
>> if [ 2 -gt 1 ]; then
>> echo "2 gt 1, Ret: $?"
>> echo "Ret: $?"
>> Ret: 1
>> 2 gt 1, Ret: 0
>> Ret: 0
> This means that if, for example the first if statement (where condition is not met) would be at the end of a script the return value of that whole script would be 1 (error code).
> I don't think this follows standard shell behaviour. If if statement condition is not met this doesn't mean that the return value should be an error code, right?
> Using other shells (bash for example) we can see that the returned value in both cases is 0, which is expected (IMO).
> This behaviour is not new to the Hush or barebox as I could reproduce it on various previous barebox versions (2013.08.0, 2017.12.0 and 2019.11.0).
> Of course, this problem can be easily avoided if at the end of every script we use explicit exit 0. This is doable, but a little annoying.
> Although this is not a deal-breaker for us, I was wondering what is the reason behind this? How do you get around this and are there any plans to fix/modify this in the future so it follows the behaviour of other shells?
I talked with Sascha once before (off-list) about a similar issue. Missing error handling
[ x1 -eq x2 ] && echo yes || echo no
We agreed that it's ok to break scripts relying on clear hush bugs like this.
I'd thus recommend you to send a patch to fix hush instead of working around it.
> Thank you for your answer.
> Best regards,
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