Is there a difference between using && and ; in Linux commands?

#1

I’ve been experimenting with combining command on one line. I’ve found && and ; give the same results. Are these interchangeable or is is there some subtle difference between the two?

Posted by Steve in Linux Users Group.

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#2

There is a BIG difference between the two. If you use && and if the first command doesn’t run successfully, the second command won’t run.

With ; there is no such thing. The second command will run irrespective whether the previous command succeeded or not.

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#3

Very good tp know the difference between && and ;
Thank you

Wicklowham

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#5

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