I write expect script that login to remote machine and run there some scripts But I need also to verify the following

Verify if directory /var/cti/adm/APP exists.

If APP not exists under adm directory , then need to create this directory and add ownership to this directory , ( as chown system )

Please advice how to check if directory exist in expect script and if not need to create this directory

example of part of my expect script

 #!/usr/bin/expect -f
 set multiPrompt {[#>$]}
 send "ssh  $LOGIN3@$IP\r"
 sleep 0.5
       expect  {
       word:  {send $PASS\r ; exp_continue } 
       expect -re $multiPrompt

example how we can do it with bash

 [[ ! -d /.../..../... ]] && mkdir -p xxxxx
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    I'm confused. Just plain mkdir creates a directory if it doesn't exist and does nothing otherwise. You can pass --parents to ensure the whole chain of nested directories exists too. Why do you need a whole script for that?
    – Anko
    Sep 2, 2014 at 13:40
  • I cant just send mkdir , because I want to create dir only in case dir not exsits !!!!!!!!!!!!! Sep 2, 2014 at 13:43
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    That's what I mean. If I run mkdir ~/test and I already have a directory called ~/test, nothing happens. If I don't, it gets created. Did you mean something else?
    – Anko
    Sep 2, 2014 at 13:47

2 Answers 2


You can do this in pure Tcl without exec:

#!/usr/bin/env expect
set path dir1/dir2/dir3
file mkdir $path ;# [file mkdir] in Tcl is like mkdir -p
file attributes $path -owner system

You can execute the mkdir command as a subprocess.

exec mkdir -p -- $directory

If you need to set the ownership as well but only when the directory is created, invoke a shell explicitly.

exec sh -c "if ! [ -d \"\$1\" ]; then mkdir -- \"\$1\" && chown -- bob \"\$1\"; fi" _ $directory

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