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Re: Help with functions

Cosgray, Nathan wrote:

> Here is the problem that seems to be holding me back.  To be as precise as
> possible, the makefile calls functions within a zsh script in the following
> manner:
>   <file1>:
>         ./run_masterfile_step get_file <param1> <param2>

> The zsh script run_masterfile_step contains about 25 functions defined like

> Now, I have never delved too deeply into shell scripting, but from what I
> can gather the idea behind this is that make calls the functions defined in
> run_masterfile_step.

What is happening here is that make is calling the run_masterfile_step
script with a number of parameters, the first of which is 'get_file' or
the name of some function. This does not implicitly mean that the
get_file function will be run. My guess is that run_masterfile_step
contained a line which looked something like:


and that this line has been lost. This line substitutes any parameters
so would run a function if the first parameter named one.

Oliver Kiddle

> The problem is, none of this is working.  make fails due to the fact that
> none of the functions provided by run_masterfile_step actually do anything.
> To experiment from the command line, I can type './run_masterfile_step
> <somefunction>' and nothing will happen (obviously I have closely examined
> the functions and I'm including valid parameters, referring to files that
> exist, etc.).  I get no error messges, no output (all of the functions
> within the zsh script use echo's extensively to give feedback), and I notice
> no discernable processing time.  I can easily tell what is supposed to
> happen from the script code but none of it is in fact happening.  I can do a
> 'source run_masterfile_step' and then type '<somefunction>' and it will work
> properly, however.  So I'm thinking there must be a problem with the way in
> which these functions are called.  Unfortunately, I can't find any
> documentation that describes the syntax and rules for this.  Does this
> problem have anything to do with the fact that these functions are
> indirectly called from make vs. from within zsh?  Should these functions be
> split up into separate shell scripts?
> We currently have zsh 3.0.2 installed on SunOS 5.5 and 5.6 (varies by
> machine).  I also compiled zsh 2.5.03 but it did not work as expected with
> these scripts, either.  I have no way of knowing what version of zsh
> orginally ran these scripts years ago.  I do know that they were used
> sucessfully for quite some time -- at least 3 years ending in November of
> 1998.  I believe there have been some hardware and software upgrades since
> then but I'm not sure what could cause these scripts to break in such a
> fundamental way.
> I'm sure that I can rewrite or reorganize these scripts if I need to.  But
> I'd just like to make sure there is nothing I can do to easily fix this.
> I'm also extremely confused about why this would no longer be working the
> way it was written.  There must be something important I'm missing and I'd
> like to understand what that is.
> So.  Any ideas or thoughts?  Corrections of syntax?  Version conflicts?  Do
> you need more information, like the scripts themselves?  Or at the least can
> you tell me where to go for zsh scripting documentation more detailed and
> complete than the man pages or that kept on http://www.zsh.org?
> Your help is very much appreciated.
> Thanks
> Nathan A. Cosgray, Database Administrator
> IUPUI Dept. of Medical Genetics

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