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May 19, 2015 - A Look At The New Commandlinefu
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Echo a command, then execute it

Terminal - Echo a command, then execute it
v () { echo "$@"; "$@"; }
2011-10-13 11:33:19
User: hfs
Functions: echo
Echo a command, then execute it

You can use this in shell scripts to show which commands are actually run. Just prepend every "critical line" with "v˽".


echo "Let me create a directory for you"

v mkdir $TMP/new

In scripts this can be more useful than "set -x", because that can be very verbose with variable assignments etc.

Another nice use is if you prepend every "critical" command with "v", then you can test your script by commenting out the actual execution.


There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives

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Hey, why all the downvotes? Does anyone care to comment?

Comment by hfs 259 weeks and 5 days ago

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