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Checking if an Environment Variable is Set in UNIX Shell

We had a task to write a script to check if certain environment variables, which should not be set, were set. This task was straightforward with C shell:

if $?GARBAGEENV then
echo "Unset GARBAGEENV on `hostname`"

With K shell, we did not find anything built-in. So we used something innovative.

if test "isenvset${GARBAGEENV}" != "isenvset"; then
echo "Unset GARBAGEENV on `hostname`"

If GARBAGEENV was set to N, isenvset${GARBAGEENV} would be evaluated as  isenvsetN (which is not equal to isenvset). If it was not set isenvset${GARBAGEENV} would be evaluated as isenvset.

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