Haravikk - 1 year ago 144

Bash Question

When I was first learning shell scripting, a lot of examples I saw used

`let`

`let`

`expr`

However, it is also possible in many shells to use double parentheses to perform arithmetic, for example

`$((54 + 102))`

Since I'm writing a script for portability, this presents a minefield of possibilities; currently I'm using two different wrapper functions (one for

`let`

`expr`

Anyway, what I'd like to know is if anyone can clarify the compatibility of each of these three arithmetic commands (and any others I've missed). I'm hoping that the double parentheses form may be common enough that I can just ditch compatibility checks, but it's a hard thing to search for so I decided to just come here and ask to find out for sure.

Just to note I'm only interested in regular arithmetic, I think I've already covered the few big-integers I (may) need to work with.

Answer Source

`$(( ... ))`

is defined in the POSIX standard, which is probably as portable as you need to be.