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
# Feedback/comment/suggestions :
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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3 comments… add one
  • doukremt Jan 19, 2013 @ 22:11

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

  • guy May 19, 2009 @ 8:17

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

    say hello to the safe side


  • Nerf Jun 18, 2008 @ 13:40

    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”

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