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Re: [ferret_users] Check file exist before saving it

Hi Dan,

| I would like to check file existence before saving it.
You can use shell commands for that:

  let ret = {spawn:"[ -e CTL.nc ]; echo $?"}
  if `ret[i=1] eq "0"` then
    ! . . . file exists . . .
    ! . . . file does not exist . . .

The shell command "[ -e file ]" returns 0 if the file exists
or a different value if it does not.

The command "echo $?" just prints the return value of the
preceding command to the standard output.

The SPAWN expression of Ferret catches the standard output of the
shell command(s).

There may be a Ferret-proper way.


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