Shell script error

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Thu Oct 7 09:15:27 PDT 2004

On 2004-10-07 09:01, Andrew Moran <amoran at> wrote:
>On Oct 7, 2004, at 7:07 AM, Pratt, Benjamin E. wrote:
>> Hello, it's me again.  This time I'm trying to do some shell scripting
>> but I'm running into a problem with a randomization script that I found
>> on the web.  The script I'm trying to run can be found at:
>> Everything runs fine on different Linux systems that I've used (Red
>> Hat 9, Knoppix-STD, PHLAK) but when I run the script on FreeBSD or
>> OpenBSD I get errors.  I'm mainly running FreeBSD 5.3-BETA right now
>> with /shells/bash2 installed so that's where I'd really like to get
>> it running.
>> I did change the first line to point to /usr/local/bin/bash but that
>> didn't make any difference.
>> If anyone knows why this won't run, or if anyone has another example of
>> getting a random character (I'd eventually like to generate a random
>> hexadecimal character) I'd love to hear from you.
> That script works fine for me on my box and I'm also running FreeBSD
> 5.3-BETA with bash2.
> What kind of error are you getting?   What  is the output of "bash -x
> <>" (filling in the script name of course).

I've run this successfully on FreeBSD 6.0-CURRENT too.  Some of the test
runs are shown below:

    $ bash
    9 of Clubs
    $ bash card.bash
    6 of Spades
    $ bash card.bash
    King of Spades

- Giorgos

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