I'm very new to bash and Linux and I was wondering how I could make a bash loop so that when it runs, it will ask you how many times to run, and it will run that many times.

I did it in LUA but I want it to be in bash so it can be added to the ~/.bashrc file so it starts when I connect to my VPS via ssh. Here is the lua code I wrote:

    write("How many times should I loop? ")
local Num = tonumber( read() )
for i=1,Num do
   print("Looped "..tostring(i).." time(s).")

Here is the little thing I will add to my ~/.bashrc:

if [[ -n $SSH_CONNECTION ]] ; then
echo example
  • Note that, depending on your distribution, the ~/.bashrc file won't be read when connecting via ssh. I would suggest you use ~/.profile instead. – terdon Apr 12 '15 at 9:51

Here is a one liner:

read -p "No of Repetitions?" repeat; for i in $(seq $repeat); do echo "This is $i"; done

If you want to run this if $SSH_CONNECTION is non-empty:

[[ -n $SSH_CONNECTION ]] && read -p "No of Repetitions?" repeat; for i in $(seq $repeat); do echo "This is $i"; done
  • && indicates to run the next command only if the previous one is successful ($?=0)

  • read -p "No of Repetitions?" repeat will prompt "No of Repetitions?" and save the input as repeat variable.

  • for i in $(seq $repeat); do echo "This is $i"; done this for loop will use seq to loop specified number of times to get the job done. You should replace echo "This is $i" with whatever operation you want to perform.

This can be elaborated as:

if [[ -n $SSH_CONNECTION ]]; then
        read -p "No of Repetitions?" repeat

for i in $(seq $repeat); do
        echo "This is $i" 

See if this helps:

echo -n "How many times should I run? "
read numOfTimes
for i in $(seq 1 $numOfTimes);do
echo $i

Let's split the explanation into parts:

  • echo -n presents the message in the screen and reads the user's response into variable numOfTimes.
  • A bash for loop has the following structure: for i in [1 2 3 4 ... n ]; do X; done
  • In this case, I create the sequence 1 2 3 4 ... n using seq, to which you feed 1 as starting number and the last element, represented by the value of $numOfTimes.

Of course in a more complex scenario you should check whether the user's response is numeric and greater than zero, for example, but I think that this example will do the trick for what you want to accomplish.

Source: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Bash-Prog-Intro-HOWTO-7.html

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