for command

Saqib Shaikh ss at
Sun Dec 23 17:31:23 EST 2001

thanks very much for the help.

obviously reading through the help i missed the bit about using a $ - maybe
because i had punctuation too low.  thanks once again.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tyler Spivey" <tspivey8 at>
To: <speakup at>
Sent: Sunday, December 23, 2001 10:24 PM
Subject: re: for command

> an example: to tail all the files in the current directory,
> you can do tail *, also:
> for i in *; do tail $i;done
> you can do (in bash):
> help for
> and it gives you:
> for: for NAME [in WORDS ... ;] do COMMANDS; done
>     The `for' loop executes a sequence of commands for each member in a
>     list of items.  If `in WORDS ...;' is not present, then `in "$@"' is
>     assumed.  For each element in WORDS, NAME is set to that element, and
>     the COMMANDS are executed.
> so,
> for i in *.txt;do cat "testing" >>$i;done
> would append "Testing" to the files in the current directory ending with
> hope this helps.
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