How to debug a Bash script?

How to debug a Bash script if it has some bugs?

Common techniques like printing varibles out for checking apply for bash too.

For bash, I usually use 2 bash-specific techniques.

Add set -o errexit to the beginning of the script
errexit makes bash exit immediately if one statement’s return code is not 0. This way, you know which statement goes wrong.

bash -x
the -x will make bash print statements executed so that you know what is going on.

Or add set -x inside of your script.

For example,


set -x

let i=i+1

echo $i

The execution of that script will print

+ i=0
+ let i=i+1
+ echo 1

By combining the 2 techniques together, which statement/step went wrong is printed out on the STDOUT.

Answered by Eric Z Ma.

Eric Ma

Eric is a systems guy. Eric is interested in building high-performance and scalable distributed systems and related technologies. The views or opinions expressed here are solely Eric's own and do not necessarily represent those of any third parties.

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