Having trouble with redis-cli. I wanna check if the connection to redis is refused (server down), through BASH.

Simple test

test=$(redis-cli exit) #exit out of the "not connected console"
if [[ -z $test ]] ; then
    echo "I'm empty :("

I would expect Could not connect to Redis at Connection refused to be stored in $test, but this text is output to the console instead.

I'm not sure whats going on. Anyone have any ideas?

(Ubuntu 14.04.1)

  • Note that if [[ -z $test ]] will almost certainly expand to if [[ -z ]] when $test becomes empty, which seems likely to break the conditional. To protect against this, simply put the variable in quotes: if [[ -z "$test" ]] ; then.
    – user
    Aug 16 '16 at 15:30
  • I actually think that newer versions of bash handle that. Seems to work in my tests anyway.
    – DarkNeuron
    Aug 16 '16 at 17:22
  • Well then, good for you. :-) I tend to like the additional safety net, if nothing else to preserve my sanity when looking at the code later...
    – user
    Aug 16 '16 at 17:24

That's because the error message is being sent to the STDERR stream (file descriptor 2), not STDOUT (file descriptor 1) which you are capturing with command substitution $().

Just focusing on getting the string, either on STDOUT or STDERR:

test="$(redis-cli exit 2>&1)"

in that case the [ -z "$test" ] test will result in false positives as the error message will be stored in the variable. Instead you can do:

test="$(redis-cli exit 2>/dev/null)"
if [[ -z $test ]] ; then
    echo "I'm empty :("

Also i think, this should get what you want given the exit status is trivial:

if redis-cli exit &>/dev/null; then
    echo 'Succeeded!!'
    echo 'Failed!!'
  • Ah, of course. It's an error! :)
    – DarkNeuron
    Aug 16 '16 at 14:12
  • Also, it's asking for trouble (if only a little bit) to use the name of a built-in command (and executable) - "test" for a variable name, so just testing the exit status as in the second solution is better for that reason too.
    – Joe
    Aug 19 '16 at 6:49

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