On numeric for loops in Korn shell scripting

The time hounoured syntax for a for loop in a UNIX script is what you see below and that is what works with the default shell in Sun’s Solaris UNIX operating system, ksh88.

for i in 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
do
        if [[ -d dir$i ]]
        then
            :
        else
            mkdir dir$i
        fi
done

There is a much nicer syntax supported syntax the advent of ksh93. It follows C language conventions found in all sorts of places like Java, Perl, PHP and so on. Here is an example:

for (( i=1; i<11; i++ ))
do
        if [[ -d dir$i ]]
        then
            :
        else
            mkdir dir$i
       fi
done

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