[Novalug] Shell Puzzle Challenge
novalugml at jgcomp.com
Sat Mar 17 01:42:49 EDT 2012
On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 06:00:33PM -0400, James Ewing Cottrell 3rd wrote:
> Since there seems to be an interest in Shell Scripting right now, I'd
> like to issue the following challenge:
> Write a shell function called "ispath" which returns true if its
> argument is part of $PATH, otherwise false
> In other words, I want to use it like this:
> export PATH=/sbin:/usr/sbin:/bin:/usr/bin
> if ispath /bin
> then echo YES
> else echo NO
> -> YES
A general comment in dealing with the PATH variable.
Often overlooked are "null" fields and "." fields.
A leading or trailing colon ":" or pair of colons "::"
implies the current directory ".". Of course the dot
could be given explicitly.
So some considerations:
Does your code handle a missing (null) argument as an error?
If a null argument is not handled as an error, might it
match a null field in $PATH?
If the user runs "ispath .", and $PATH has a null field,
does ispath correctly report "yes"?
If the users current directory is not specifically
listed in $PATH, but $PATH contains "." or a null field,
does "ispath $PWD" report "yes"? Should it?
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