Shell Script Syntax Error: Unexpected End of File

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This error occurs often when you have mismatched structure - that is, you do not have matching double quotes, matching single quotes, have not closed a control structure such as a missing fi with an if, or a missing done with a for.

The best way to spot these is to use correct indentation, which will show you where you have a broken control structure, and syntax highlighting, which will show you where quotes are not matched.

In this particular case, I can see you are missing a fi. In the latter part of your code, you have 5 ifs and 4 fis. However you also have a number of other problems - your backquoted touch /tmp/alert.txt... command is syntactically invalid, and you need a space before the closing bracket of an if test.

Clean up your code, and errors start to stand out.


in my case the issue was in the EOL Conversion. (End Of Line).

i created the file on windows and only after i converted the EOL from windows(CR LF) to unix(LF), everything went well.

I did the conversion with Notepad++ very easily from: Edit -> EOL Conversion -> Unix(LF)


In my case, I found that placing a here document (like sqplus ... << EOF) statements indented also raise the same error as shown below:

./dbuser_case.ksh: line 25: syntax error: unexpected end of file

So after removing the indentation for this, then it went fine.

Hope it helps...

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