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Date:      Fri, 14 Feb 2003 16:55:29 +0100
From:      Ruben de Groot <fbsd-q@bzerk.org>
To:        "Colin J. Raven" <duiker@haggis.nl>
Cc:        "'BSD Questions'" <freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   Re: syntax problem in /etc/csh.login
Message-ID:  <20030214155529.GA15986@ei.bzerk.org>
In-Reply-To: <000001c2d42e$b3811300$1500000a@scrk.com>
References:  <3E4CDDF9.50207@ant.uni-bremen.de> <000001c2d42e$b3811300$1500000a@scrk.com>

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On Fri, Feb 14, 2003 at 02:40:17PM +0100, Colin J. Raven typed:
> <snippage>
> +> > if [ `whoami` = test ]; then
> +> > echo ""
> +> > echo -e "This is a test message for user test" && \
> +> > echo ""
> +> > fi
> +> > ###################################################
> +> > </snip>
> +> > and got an error upon subsequent login as user "test":
> +> > "if: Expression Syntax." (without parens)
> +> > 
> +> > Anyone got any idea what I'm doing wrong? 
> +> > Guess: csh syntax is different from bash 
> +> 
> +> You're right!
> Well, thanks!
> 
> +> > but beyond that I'm stumped.
> +> 
> +> beyond that comes 'man csh'.
> Oh for goodness sakes!!!!
> 
> I am sure it does but reading man csh is a 2 week exercise.....which
> considering I don't normally use csh, but a few of my user opoulation
> does, it's not likely that I am going to absorb all the huge amount of
> information in man csh for a shell I never use personally.

I agree the csh manpage is quite large. But what about google? The first 
hit in a search for "csh conditional statements" is a tutorial with 
examples of exactly what you're asking. 

> +> Sorry, but you have to read it yourself! ;-)
> +> 
> +> Hint: As the name of the shell suggests, the syntax quite C-like.
> 
> Response to "Hint"
> Most assuredly your response indicates substantial knowledge of C.
> Unlike you however, I am not a programmer but "catch on quickly" to most
> things.....and my post was no more than asking someone to "jumpstart me"
> which usually starts me on a reading binge in FURTHER pursuit of
> knowledge. Right now I have absolutely no clue as to where to begin.
> 
> On this list of all places, I did not expect the supercilious "RTFM"
> response. It's uncalled for, it's unecessary and furthermore does not
> speak well of your willingness to be of assistance to those less
> knowledgeable than yourself. Instead it smacks of a (largely useless)
> demonstration of what *you* know and others *don't* know.

On the other hand, you might do >some< research before asking a question,
especially since it was not a FreeBSD specific question.

> I wonder...seriously....I wonder why you even elected to respond at
> all???? Remaining silent would have been the elegant solution.
> 
> Regards to all - as always.
> -Colin
> 
> 
> 
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