Options are settings that change shell and/or script behavior.
The set command enables options within a script. At the point in the script where you want the options to take effect, use set -o option-name or, in short form, set -option-abbrev. These two forms are equivalent.
#!/bin/bash set -o verbose # Echoes all commands before executing.
#!/bin/bash set -v # Exact same effect as above.
To disable an option within a script, use set +o option-name or set +option-abbrev.
#!/bin/bash set -o verbose # Command echoing on. command ... command set +o verbose # Command echoing off. command # Not echoed. set -v # Command echoing on. command ... command set +v # Command echoing off. command exit 0
An alternate method of enabling options in a script is to specify them immediately following the #! script header.
#!/bin/bash -x # # Body of script follows.
It is also possible to enable script options from the command line. Some options that will not work with set are available this way. Among these are -i, force script to run interactive.
bash -v script-name
bash -o verbose script-name
The following is a listing of some useful options. They may be specified in either abbreviated form (preceded by a single dash) or by complete name (preceded by a double dash or by -o).
Table 30-1. Bash options
|-C||noclobber||Prevent overwriting of files by redirection (may be overridden by >|)|
|-D||(none)||List double-quoted strings prefixed by $, but do not execute commands in script|
|-a||allexport||Export all defined variables|
|-b||notify||Notify when jobs running in background terminate (not of much use in a script)|
|-c ...||(none)||Read commands from ...|
|-e||errexit||Abort script at first error, when a command exits with non-zero status (except in until or while loops, if-tests, list constructs)|
|-f||noglob||Filename expansion (globbing) disabled|
|-i||interactive||Script runs in interactive mode|
|-n||noexec||Read commands in script, but do not execute them (syntax check)|
|-o Option-Name||(none)||Invoke the Option-Name option|
|-o posix||POSIX||Change the behavior of Bash, or invoked script, to conform to POSIX standard.|
|-o pipefail||pipe failure||Causes a pipeline to return the exit status of the last command in the pipe that returned a non-zero return value.|
|-p||privileged||Script runs as "suid" (caution!)|
|-r||restricted||Script runs in restricted mode (see Chapter 21).|
|-s||stdin||Read commands from stdin|
|-t||(none)||Exit after first command|
|-u||nounset||Attempt to use undefined variable outputs error message, and forces an exit|
|-v||verbose||Print each command to stdout before executing it|
|-x||xtrace||Similar to -v, but expands commands|
|-||(none)||End of options flag. All other arguments are positional parameters.|
|--||(none)||Unset positional parameters. If arguments given (-- arg1 arg2), positional parameters set to arguments.|