Chapter4 profile

Simon Perreault nomis80 at
Thu Oct 5 12:38:31 PDT 2000

Jesse Tie Ten Quee wrote:
> > Nope. We still need some sort of loop. And one that will use some kind of
> > variable, like "for $variable in ... do ... cp $variable...
> Please elaborate on this.

I mean, even if we don't use a loop for this particular case (creating
directories), we still NEED one. We will NEED a way to do loops, even if
we don't use any of them in the official profile. People will write
profiles, and maybe some of them will just NEED loops. I don't think that
repeating all the commands is going to solve the problem. What I'm
suggesting is not to use the sort of tag that Gerard used, the <for> and
<do> things. This is just an idea, probably not good:

<loop /* I'd like to see a tag named loop */

	/* What these types mean:
	reiterate: do the loop n times, no need for a variable (like a basic
while loop)
	variable: do the loop 1 time for each variable (like a for loop)
	reiteratevariable: do the loop n times for each variable (combo) */

	/* Conditional (ie. required if you specified a 'reiterate' type). To be
used with reiterate-type loops */

	/* Conditional. These are the possible values for the variable, not the
name of the variable. The name of the variable is a predefined static one,
but the data is changed every n iterations. Please note that I've used
comas to separate variables, not spaces. I think this is more *ML
standard. */


This is a very simple loop, based on the logic of a loop, not on how bash
handles loops. This could be expanded. This is simply to show that loops
could be done otherwise.

And here comes my favourite finale:
As always, this is just my newbie advice.

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