Using and Linux Command to Chain Commands

And Linux Command; && in Linux, logical operators are used in various contexts, including shell scripting and command line operations. Logical operators are used to perform logical operations on values or conditions, and they are typically used within conditional statements to control the flow of a script or to evaluate expressions.

What is the And Linux Command?

The "And Linux Command" (&&) can be used to chain commands, running them inline sequentially one after the other. This can be extremely useful in situations where it's important to ensure that each command completes successfully before moving on to the next line of code.

The symbol && which makes up the And Linux Command is commonly referred to as the "AND operator" or the "logical AND operator".

You can use && in bash shell scripts or command line operations as shown below:
&& operator chain commands in Linux

How to chain commands using && operator

The syntax for using the logical AND operator is to separate each command with the two ampersands (&&). To use it to chain multiple commands, simply type the first command, followed by &&, second command &&, third and so on. Multiple commands can be daisy chained into a string.

For example, here are three chained commands on one single line or string of code:

command1 && command2 && command3

How the And Linux && command chain works:

In the example shown above, we are using "And Linux Command" && to run multiple commands sequentially (one after the other). In this case, command1 is executed first. If command1 completes successfully, then command2 will be executed next. If command2 is also successful, then command3 will finally be executed. However, if any of the chained commands fail or return an error, subsequent commands after it will not be executed.

Tip * The next command only runs if the previous command exits with a success status (i.e., exit status 0).

How to Copy a file and then Delete the original

To copy a file named "file.txt" to a directory named "backup" and then delete the original file, you would use the "cp command" like this:

cp file.txt backup/ && rm file.txt

This code will copy the file to the backup directory (assuming it exists), and if the copy was successful, it will proceed to remove the origin file. Note that if copying fails, the second chained "rm command" to remove the file will not execute. This use case could help you save disk space by removing a redundant file, while ensuring that a copy exists before doing so.

Move an entire Directory and then Delete the original

To recursively copy an entire directory including any subdirectories and files within to a "backup" directory, and then delete the original directory, you could chain the "cp and rm commands" as follows:

cp -r folder/ backup/ && rm -rf folder

This command copies the entire "folder" along with any subfolders and files within, recursively using option (-r) to our "backup" directory (preserving the folder contents i.e. backup/folders and all files). Then, only if copying was successful, the original folder you copied from along with all of its contents (subfolders and files) will be recursively (-r) and forcefully (-f) deleted via the && chained (rm) remove here command.

Logical Operators in Shell Script

Logical operators are often used in combination with if statements or within scripts to control the behavior of the script based on the success or failure of certain commands.

Here's an example of how logical operators can be used in a shell script:



# Check if the file exists and is readable
if [ -f "$file" ] && [ -r "$file" ]; then
    echo "File exists and is readable."
    echo "File does not exist or is not readable."

In this example, the && operator is used to combine two conditions: one checks if the file exists (-f "$file") and the other checks if the file is readable (-r "$file"). The if statement evaluates the combined condition and executes the appropriate branch of code based on the result.

Logical && And Linux Command Operator (Wrap Up)

To conclude, those were just a few examples on how to run multiple commands in sequential precession by using the logical AND operator (&&) ampersands. Hopefully this section has helped you better understand how to chain commands on Linux or unix-based systems.

If you found this article useful, you might also be interested in learning how to clear bash history or perhaps rename file in Linux from the terminal.