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Pro Bash Programming: Scripting the GNU/Linux Shell by Chris F.A. Johnson

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CHAPTER 6Shell Functions

A shell function is a compound command that has been given a name. It stores a series of commands for later execution. The name becomes a command in its own right and can be used in the same way as any other command. Its arguments are available in the positional parameters, just as in any other script. Like other commands, it sets a return code.

A function is executed in the same process as the script that calls it. This makes it fast, because no new process has to be created. All the variables of the script are available to it without having to be exported, and when a function changes those variables, the changes will be seen by the calling script. That said, you can make variables local to the function so that they ...

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