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"IF" statement test condtions in Shell Script

Following are some "IF" Statement constructs to test conditions provided by the shell:
  • -b file = True if the file exists and is block special file.
  • -c file = True if the file exists and is character special file.
  • -d file = True if the file exists and is a directory.
  • -e file = True if the file exists.
  • -f file = True if the file exists and is a regular file
  • -g file = True if the file exists and the set-group-id bit is set.
  • -k file = True if the files' "sticky" bit is set.
  • -L file = True if the file exists and is a symbolic link.
  • -p file = True if the file exists and is a named pipe.
  • -r file = True if the file exists and is readable.
  • -s file = True if the file exists and its size is greater than zero.
  • -s file = True if the file exists and is a socket.
  • -t fd = True if the file descriptor is opened on a terminal.
  • -u file = True if the file exists and its set-user-id bit is set.
  • -w file = True if the file exists and is writable.
  • -x file = True if the file exists and is executable.
  • -O file = True if the file exists and is owned by the effective user id.
  • -G file = True if the file exists and is owned by the effective group id.
  • file1 –nt file2 = True if file1 is newer, by modification date, than file2.
  • file1 ot file2 = True if file1 is older than file2.
  • file1 ef file2 = True if file1 and file2 have the same device and inode numbers.
  • -z string = True if the length of the string is 0.
  • -n string = True if the length of the string is non-zero.
  • string1 = string2 = True if the strings are equal.
  • string1 != string2 = True if the strings are not equal.
  • !expr = True if the expr evaluates to false.
  • expr1 –a expr2 = True if both expr1 and expr2 are true.
  • expr1 –o expr2 = True is either expr1 or expr2 is true.

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