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When running a shell script, suppose an error occurs at one line. Are the other lines executed or does the execution of the script stop? I have a script I want to execute with many commands over the week end and I want to make sure if an error occurs at a line, the other lines are executed.

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Execution continues regardless of errors within commands (exit status isn't 0) unless you explicitly specify to stop execution in the event of an error (set -e). However, in the case of a syntax error, execution stops.

As a general note, if the subsequent commands depend on any of the previous commands being run correctly, then those won't work correctly.

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That is not entirely true, it depend on the type of error. Syntax errors will stop execution for example. – terdon Mar 28 '14 at 16:24
I agree, in general scripts are going to exit with an error code, depends on the syntax and type of error. – bodhi.zazen Mar 28 '14 at 16:37
My bad; I had an incorrect example in my mind. Answer edited. – saiarcot895 Mar 28 '14 at 16:49
Where do I set -e? – becko Jun 24 '14 at 15:46
set -e will apply to all commands you run after that command (unless you unset it). Therefore, you may want to have it at the top of your script file. – saiarcot895 Jun 24 '14 at 15:48

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