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I have a bash scripts that contains the following lines:


export  MY_HOME

exec "$MY_BIN/my.bin" ${1+"$@"}

I am particulary confused by @INSTALLED_AT@. Specifically, what does



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Where did you get the script from, what does it do? – Donarsson Feb 27 '14 at 17:14
I am trying to understand software which I haven't written myself. One of the bash scripts contains the code you see above. I don't know what the script is supposed to do, hence I asked this question. – mcwise Feb 27 '14 at 17:18

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This is probably a stub file. The syntax @INSTALLED_AT@ means nothing to bash; it's just a string as another one.

In the package/source/Makefile there is probably another script (maybe a simple sed) which will edit this stub and substitute the @INSTALLED_AT@ with the actual installation path, which can be different or user-selectable.


(0)asus-romano:~% var="@INSTALLED_AT@/bin"
(0)asus-romano:~% echo $var
(0)asus-romano:~% echo $var | sed s+@INSTALLED_AT@+/usr/local+g 
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I have suspected as much. That clears things up for me. Thanks! – mcwise Feb 28 '14 at 12:12

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