I would like to make a script that deletes a directory with rmdir after confirming with a password using read to set the variable.

So far I have this:

#!/bin/bash -x
echo "Password:"
read -t 30 S1
if [ $S1=$S2 ]; then
    rmdir /home/william/test
    echo "fail"
sleep 10

So, I have the -x to try to debug it but every time the script either fails to echo (if I put the password in wrong) or it wont remove the directory needed.

If someone has a modifiable script that I could use or if you could point out the problems with the current script that would be great.

3 Answers 3


The right way to compare those two strings (S1 and S2) using if is:

if [ "$S1" = "$S2" ]

Do not be stingy in use spaces in this case.

See: http://tldp.org/LDP/Bash-Beginners-Guide/html/sect_07_01.html

  • TLDP is not an authentic site as it has a lot of inconsistencies and errors. I would advise that we don't use it as a reference. Mar 4, 2018 at 18:12

In bash scripting you need to compare two variable with below method.

if [ "var1" != "var2" ]; then
  Do something

Spaces are important


You may also use GNU test, for example:

test s1 = s2 && echo Equal || echo Not equal

In your context, it is:

test "$S1" = "$S2" && rmdir -v /home/william/test

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