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What is a bash UNTIL loop?

Here you will find out:

  • what bash UNTIL loop is
  • what the difference between a WHILE loop and an UNTIL loop is
  • how to use an UNTIL loop in a shell script
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About bash UNTIL loop

A bash UNTIL loop is similar to a bash WHILE loop. However, the UNTIL loop is used to run a series of commands based on Boolean-like outcomes; that is, an expression has to return “True” or “False” before your loop commands will execute. But in the case of a bash UNTIL loop, the commands will only be executed if the expression returns “True”. If an expression returns “False”, a bash UNTIL loop will repeat the same set of commands until it returns "True".

The syntax of a bash UNTIL loop

Here’s the syntax of an UNTIL loop. It looks similar to a bash WHILE loop, but the functionality differs:

Single expression syntax

Multiple expressions syntax

Notice the dual brackets in the multiple expression syntax. You should use double brackets for multiple expressions and a single bracket for single expressions.

Things to note:

  • A bash UNTIL loop will check for expressions/conditions before running commands.
  • Commands will run only if the expression(s) returns “False”.
  • The loop will be terminated if the expression returns “True”.
  • After termination, program control is passed to the command written below “Done”.

If you want to understand the actual difference between a WHILE and an UNTIL loop, read below.

The difference between a WHILE loop and an UNTIL loop

An UNTIL loop will only run your commands if the defined expression returns a non-zero code. In contrast, a WHILE loop will run your commands when the expression returns a zero status.

Using an UNTIL loop in a shell script

In order to explain the bash UNTIL loop for easy understanding, here are some basic, practical examples.

Single expression:

Multiple expressions:

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