terminus terminus - 3 months ago 13
Linux Question

Determine if a function exists in bash

Currently I'm doing some unit tests which are executed from bash. Unit tests are initialized, executed and cleaned up in a bash script. This script usualy contains an init(), execute() and cleanup() functions. But they are not mandatory. I'd like to test if they are or are not defined.

I did this previously by greping and seding the source, but it seemed wrong. Is there a more elegant way to do this?

Edit: The following sniplet works like a charm:

type $1 | grep -q 'shell function'


I think you're looking for the 'type' command. It'll tell you whether something is a function, built-in function, external command, or just not defined. Example:

$ type foo
bash: type: foo: not found

$ type ls
ls is aliased to `ls --color=auto'

$ which type

$ type type
type is a shell builtin

$ type -t rvm

$ if [ -n "$(type -t rvm)" ] && [ "$(type -t rvm)" = function ]; then echo rvm is a function; else echo rvm is NOT a function; fi
rvm is a function