Shell script to generate random files using RANDOM variable

in Categories Tempfile last updated April 10, 2008
#!/bin/bash
# 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
do
   FILE="/tmp/$(basename $0).$RANDOM.txt"
   echo $FILE # show file name
   > $FILE # create files
done

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  1. 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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