KSH for Syntax

by on August 31, 2007 · 0 comments· LAST UPDATED August 31, 2009

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Can you explains UNIX ksh for loop syntax which can repeatedly execute a block of statements with a simple ksh script example?

UNIX ksh syntax is as follows:

for var in item1 item2 item3 ... itemN
do
      command1
      command2
      ...
      commandN
done

Here is a sample example:

#!/usr/bin/ksh
for character in  Tom Jerry Spike Tyke  Butch Tuffy  Quacker
   do
   print "Tom and Jerry character is: $character"
done

Sample Outputs:

Tom and Jerry character is: Tom
Tom and Jerry character is: Jerry
Tom and Jerry character is: Spike
Tom and Jerry character is: Tyke
Tom and Jerry character is: Butch
Tom and Jerry character is: Tuffy
Tom and Jerry character is: Quacker

See this page for more for loop examples including explicit list, and command substitution using ksh for loops.

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