if

Conditionally perform a command.

Syntax
      if test-commands; then
      consequent-commands;
      [elif more-test-commands; then
      more-consequents;]
      [else alternate-consequents;]
      fi

The test-commands list is executed, and if its return status is zero, the consequent-commands list is executed.

If test-commands returns a non-zero status, each elif list is executed in turn, and if its exit status is zero, the corresponding more-consequents is executed and the command completes.

If `else alternate-consequents' is present, and the final command in the final if or elif clause has a non-zero exit status, then alternate-consequents is executed.

For simple comparisons, a more concise option is to use a conditional operator instead of IF.
for example
[ "$var" = "snark" ] && echo "found snark"

instead of

if [ "$var" = "snark" ];
  then echo "found snark"
fi

The return status is the exit status of the last command executed, or zero if no condition tested true.)

if is a bash builtin command.

"Then you admit confirming not denying you ever said that?"
"NO! ... I mean Yes! WHAT?"
I'll put `maybe' - Bloom County

Related:


awk - Find and Replace text within file(s)
eval - Evaluate several commands/arguments
expr - Evaluate expressions
for - Loop command
switch - Conditionally perform a command
while - Loop command


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