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I am using Ubuntu 12.04.2. I am trying to use "trap" command to capture abnormal or error in my shell script but I am also trying to manually trigger "Error" exit.

I have tried exit 1, but it won't trigger "Error" signal.


    exit 1

trap "echo hi" INT TERM ERR

Not sure how to manually trigger "Error" exit signal?

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the ERR trap is not to run code when the shell itself exits with a non-zero error code, but when any command run by that shell that is not part of a condition (like in if cmd..., or cmd || ......) exits with a non-zero exit status (the same conditions as what causes set -e to exit the shell).

If you want to run code upon exit of the shell with non-zero exit status, you should add a trap on EXIT instead and check $? there:

trap '[ "$?" -eq 0 ] || echo hi' EXIT

Note however that upon a trapped signal, both the signal trap and the EXIT trap would be run, so you may want to do it like:

trap killed_by=INT INT
trap killed_by=TERM TERM
trap '
  if [ -n "$killed_by" ]; then
    echo >&2 "Ouch! Killed by $killed_by"
    exit 1
  elif [ "$ret" -ne 0 ]; then
    echo >&2 "Died with error code $ret"
  fi' EXIT

Or to use exit status like $((signum + 128)) upon signals:

for sig in INT TERM HUP; do
  trap "exit $((128 + $(kill -l "$sig")))" "$sig"
trap '
  [ "$ret" -eq 0 ] || echo >&2 "Bye: $ret"' EXIT

If you want the ERR trap to fire, just run a command with a non-zero exit status like false or test.

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Use return, not exit, to set the status on exit from a function (if the function falls-through without a return, the status is that of the last statement executed.) If you substitute return for exit in the question's example, it will work as I think you intended: the trap will be triggered on the ERR pseudo-signal and 'hi' will be printed. For additional considerations, try this:


    echo 'in func'
    return 99
    echo 'still in func'

trap 'echo "done"' EXIT
trap 'status=$?; echo "error status is $status"; trap - EXIT; exit $status' ERR
echo 'returned from func'

You can try various modifications, such as returning 0, commenting out the ERR trap, not canceling the EXIT trap within the ERR handler, not exiting from the ERR handler, or removing the return and putting false as the last statement in func.

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I appreciate answers this concise. Thank You! – eyoung100 Sep 24 '14 at 20:10

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