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How to create a sequence with leading zeroes using brace expansion

When I use the following, I get a result as expected: $ echo {8..10} 8 9 10 How can I use this brace expansion in an easy way, to get the following output? $ echo {8..10} 08 09 10 I now that ...
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Why does a=0; let a++ return exit code 1?

Try it: $ a=0 $ let a++ $ echo $? 1 # Did the world just go mad? $ echo $a 1 # Yes, it did. $ let a++ $ echo $? 0 # We have normality. $ echo $a 2 Contrast with this: $ b=0 $ let b+=1 $ echo $? 0 ...
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How to round floating point numbers in shell?

How do I correctly round IEEE 754 floating point numbers on the command line? I want to specify the precision of the output number - the count of fractional digits. Rounding 6.66 to precision 1 ...
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Is there a way to get the min, max, median, and average of a list of numbers in a single command?

I have a list of numbers in a file, one per line. How can I get the minimum, maximum, median and average values? I want to use the results in a bash script. Although my immediate situation is for ...
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How to compare to floating point number in a shell script

I want to compare two floating point numbers in a shell script. The following code is not working: #!/bin/bash min=12.45 val=10.35 if (( $val < $min )) ; then min=$val fi echo $min
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Parenthesis in bash arithmetic: 3 * (2 + 1)

expr does not seem to like parenthesis (used in mathematics to explicit operator priority): expr 3 * (2 + 1) bash: syntax error near unexpected token `(' How to express operator priority in bash?
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Security Implications of using unsanitized data in Shell Arithmetic evaluation

In a comment to a recent question, St├ęphane Chazelas mentions that there are security implications to double parentheses arithmetic such as: x=$((1-$x)) on most shells. My Google skills seem to be ...
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Comparison of decimal numbers in bash

My search this morning was about how could I compare two decimal numbers in bash, and I came to this answser: How to compare to floating point number in a shell script. This one, however, doesn't ...
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What is the rationale for the bash shell not warning you of arithmetic overflow etc.?

There are limits set for the arithmetic evaluation capabilities of the bash shell. The manual is succinct about this aspect of shell arithmetic but states: Evaluation is done in fixed-width ...