I have a large iptables ruleset that I manage with my own bash script. Most of the commands in the script are simple, single-statment iptables commands. I am trying to improve the script by adding success/failure output as the script executes.
I have the script broken out into different sections. One example would be the FORWARD chain section, where all the rules are applied to the FORWARD chain. At the beginning of the section, I output that the script has started applying the FORWARD rules, and at the end, I want to output whether or not all the rules were applied successfully, or if any of them didn't work. Here is the basic idea:
#Start FORWARD section echo -ne "Applying FORWARD rules..." #rule 1 /sbin/iptables -A FOWRARD... #rule 2 /sbin/iptables -A FORWARD... echo -ne "\t\t\t[OK]\n"
What I'm wanting to do is catch any output or errors that may result from each iptables command and store them in an array or something. Then at the end of the block, use an if statement to evaluate the array to see if there were any errors. If not, output the [OK] status, if there were, output the [FAILED] status and display the related error.
Is there a way I can do this for the entire block of rules without wrapping each iptables rule in an if [ $? != 0 ] expression?