Inline if shell script


Is it possible to execute shell script in command line like this :

counter=`ps -ef | grep -c "myApplication"`; if [ $counter -eq 1 ] then; echo "true";

Above example is not working I get only > character not the result I’m trying to get, that is “true”

When I execute ps -ef | grep -c "myApplication I get 1 output. Is it possible to create result from single line in a script ? thank you


It doesn’t work because you missed out fi to end your if statement.

counter=`ps -ef | grep -c "myApplication"`; if [ $counter -eq 1 ]; then echo "true"; fi

You can shorten it further using:

if [ $(ps -ef | grep -c "myApplication") -eq 1 ]; then echo "true"; fi

Also, do take note the issue of ps -ef | grep ... matching itself as mentioned in @DigitalRoss’ answer.


In fact, you can do one better by using pgrep:

if [ $(pgrep -c "myApplication") -eq 1 ]; then echo "true"; fi

Answered By – Shawn Chin

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