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Shell script to generate random files using RANDOM variable

# Shell script to generate random file method # 1
# This is a free shell script under GNU GPL version 2.0 or above
# Copyright (C) 2005 nixCraft
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echo "List of temporary files : "
for i  in 1 2 3 4 5
   FILE="/tmp/$(basename $0).$RANDOM.txt"
   echo $FILE # show file name
   > $FILE # create files

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  • Nerf

    This is bad practice. A much better way would be to use $$, which is the process ID. In the loop above I would create a filename of “/tmp/$(basename $0).$$.txt”

  • guy

    or both… /tmp/$(basename $0).$RANDOM.$$.txt

    say hello to the safe side


  • doukremt

    Not testing if the file to be created already exists is a rather bad idea