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Linux | Shell Script : Compare File Last Modification Date

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test is a very useful command in Linux, esp when you’re writing a shell script.
There is some very useful function the test can do it for you easily.
Today, I would like to introduce the powerful tools in test to do file’s last modified time comparision.
The keyword is -nt and -ot. Both command required 2 inputs to be place before and after the keyword,
eg: FILE1 -nt FILE2.

-nt indicates that FILE1 is NEWER (modification date) than FILE2.
-ot indicates that FILE1 is OLDER (modification date) than FILE2.

Here is a sample yet complete shell script to describe it..


if test $file1 -nt $file2
    echo "$file1 is NEWER than $file2"
    echo "$file1 is OLDER than $file2"

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February 10, 2009 at 17:17

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Linux | Run backend process

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to run a linux backend process :

$> nohup ./ &

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November 4, 2008 at 10:46

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bad interpreter – no such file or directory

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I hit this error recently “bad interpreter – no such file or directory” when I trying to run/execute a shell script in linux box. The shell script is quite simple, just to initialize a java class.

This “bad interpreter – no such file or directory” is cause by the line-feed / carriage-return issue among windows-linux OS. The shell script is initially written in windows before I ftp it into linux box and run.

To solve it, is very simple — dos2unix.
$> dos2unix

The dos2unix is DOS/MAC to UNIX text file format converter (according to linux manual). It helps to solve the CR/LF conflicts between windows and *nix.

Besides, do remember to do another command to make an .sh file executable in linux — chmod.

$> chmod +x

Written by Alfred

May 9, 2008 at 11:22

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