My script is supposed to: recursively look for files and directories whose names contain given strings, using find, starting in the current directory. If no arguments are given the message Missing argument(s) shall be printed before returning the error code 1 to the shell.

This is the script:

if ["${#}" -eq 0]
     echo "Missing argument(s)"
     exit 1
  find .  -name "*$@*"

I tried to use this in the terminal, but I got this error: bash: ./myfind: /bin/bash/: bad interpreter : Not a directory

Why? Is my code correct?

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    -1 This question does not show any research effort. – Daniel Beck Jan 17 '12 at 10:40

You need to delete the slash at the end of the first line. /bin/bash is the interpreter.

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You also need a space between [ and ", and between 0 and ].

Bonus: You can simplify "${#}" to just $# - There's no need to quote a variable which is always going to be a number, and there's no need to use braces unless you've got more than just a single variable within the string.

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  • Great! thanks!Both these suggestions are valuable! – Anson Jan 18 '12 at 4:44

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