Justin Clift writes:
> i.e. if [ -x "$self_path/postmaster" ] && [ -x "$self_path/psql" ];
> if [[ -x "$self_path/postmaster" && -x "$self_path/psql" ]]; then
I don't think the second one is a valid expression. ;-)
Maybe you were wondering about [[ ]] vs  -- In Autoconf  are the quote
characters so you have to double-quote, sort of. It's better to use
'test' in that case because m4 quoting can be tricky. I prefer test over
 in general because it is more consistent and slightly clearer.
> if [ x"$foo" = x"" ]; then
Maximum safety for the case where $foo starts with a dash. Yes, that
means all comparisons should really be done that way. No, I don't think
we should do it in all cases if we know what $foo can contain, because
that makes code *really* unreadable.
> if [ "$op" = "" ]; then
> if [ "$foo" ]; then
These two are equivalent but the second one is arguably less clear.
Peter Eisentraut peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net http://funkturm.homeip.net/~peter
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