by David Johnson
Let me begin by apologizing for even proposing any standards or guidelines. These things often cause an unnecessary burden for programmers and slow development efforts. With that being said, when I started bringing together the programs sent to me by the many talented people out there, I found the amount of time I had to invest in determining how to run and test each program was relatively high and that it would be good to have a consistent look and feel whenever possible. This will speed up user acceptance, add to these tools’ usability, and let us make enhancements and bug fixes faster. We hope we are all intelligent enough to know when to throw the guidelines out the window and do some real work.
|shell scripts regardless of the shell (Korn, Bourne, C, bash)
|awk scripts regardless of interpreter (awk, nawk, gawk)
|C source files
|C++ source files
|Hyper Text Markup Language
|eXtensible Markup Language
The first line in any shell script should identify which shell interpreter to use.
#!/bin/sh Bourne shell #!/bin/ksh Korn shell #!/bin/csh C shell
The second line should be a blank comment.
The next few lines should have the program name, the programmer’s name and any copyright information, and a brief description of what the program does.
# my_prog.sh # David Johnson ©2000 under GNU copyleft license # # This script fixes every problem known to man, except the # one you have. It works best on Monday mornings while you # are sleeping. #
(Here’s a sample text block about the GNU license and disclaimer that you can cut and paste directly into your script file.)
Here begins the body of the script.
To make scripts as generic as possible, let’s check to see if we are on NT or Solaris and take appropriate action.
if [ "`uname`" = "Windows_NT" ] then ...setup NT variables... else ...setup Solaris variables... fi
The standard distribution will typically go in the /opt/cassandra directory. To allow maximum flexibility with minimal headache, we should check to see if the variable CASSANDRA_HOME exists. If not, set CASSANDRA_HOME to be /opt/cassandra.
Temporary files should go in $CASSANDRA_HOME/tmp.
Unusual command problems under NT
If the script uses a command that also exists in the windows path, i.e., sort, find, etc., then the script will need an explicit path to execute if it can be run on both platforms correctly.
if [ $on_NT –eq "1" ] d:/nutc/mksnt/sort –u $file if [ $on_SOLARIS –eq "1"] sort –u $file
That’s all I have for now on shell scripts, but I am open to suggestions for more, better, or fewer standards.
I was kind of hoping Winston would handle this one.
Looking for some input here. I use the gnu C compiler.
Looking for some input here. I use the gnu C++ compiler.
Does anybody want to tackle this one?