Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

when I run from bash shell the command:

for i in 1 2 3 ; do echo $i ; done

but when I switch to tcsh and want to run:

    bash -c for i in 1 2 3 ; do echo $i ; done
    i: -c: line 1: syntax error near unexpected token `newline'
    i: -c: line 1: `for'
    i: Undefined variable.

please advice why I get errors ( I run the for loop from bash -c its the same ? and what I need to fix ?

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

You'll need to quote it:

bash -c 'for i in 1 2 3 ; do echo $i ; done'

In your example, the only command bash is running is "for" on its own.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.