In the KornShell let evaluates each arithmetic expression from left to right with normal algebraic precedence (multiplication before addition, for example). let uses long integer arithmetic with no checks for overflow. No output is generated; the exit status is 0 if the last expression has a non-zero value and 1 otherwise.
If you issue the command
set -o korn
can also be expressed as
This form avoids quoting and enhances readability.
The portable way to write these commands is to use the POSIX command:
Expressions consist of named variables, numeric constants and operators.
let a=7 'b=4*2' c=b+1 echo $a $b $c
7 8 9
Possible exit status values are:
The last argument evaluated to a non-zero value.
The last argument evaluated to a zero value, or the expression contained a syntax error or tried to divide by zero.
Windows 7. Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows 8. Windows Server 2012. Windows 10. Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2019.
let is built into the KornShell on UNIX systems and is not a Bourne Shell command.
This command is built into the MKS KornShell.
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