Bash: Allow Command to Fail without exiting Script

If you are making use of bash command in your script and do not want to exit the script and continue the execution, in such case you can suffix the below code to your command.

command || :

You read this as "The command or || no-operation :". By doing so the command always returns a zero (success) exit status.

rm "data.csv" || :

Here the rm will not fail if the file data.csv is not found and the flow of your bash script continues.

"The command fails without causing the script to exit"

Bash Allow Command to Fail without exiting Bash Script

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