Checking if a specific Unix/Linux command exists

Discussion in 'Ruby' started by Hunt Jon, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. Hunt Jon

    Hunt Jon Guest

    I want to check if a command "port" is installed on Mac.

    Here is what I have now:"test.txt", "w+") do |f|
    if system("port > /dev/null 2>&1")
    f.puts %x(port installed)
    f.puts "No MacPorts command was found."

    I tried to check if the command "port" exists and if the command is found,
    it executes the command with the argument. Otherwise,
    it just prints the string "No MacPorts found"...

    When running the script, it stalls. Possibly because
    "port" command goes to interactive mode. I prevented
    the output by using "/dev/null", but it seems that the command
    is still running, but not output is shown.

    I was also playing with %x(). But I cannot find a solution.

    Hunt Jon, Aug 23, 2009
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    Phil Romero Guest

    Since you're using the command line, why not use 'which port'? it
    should return the path to the port command (i.e., /use/local/bin/port).
    You can always do a regex search for the success case of typing the port
    command on a line by itself as well, if this seems like too
    shell-dependent a solution.
    Phil Romero, Aug 23, 2009
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    Hunt Jon Guest


    That "which" command should work fine. Thanks a lot!

    Hunt Jon, Aug 23, 2009
  4. In bash my preferred check is "type -a {command}" because it will give
    you also functions and aliases.


    Robert Klemme, Aug 24, 2009
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