Adding a line to /etc/hosts via bash

It is easy to append a line to a file in BASH.  I wrote a short script this morning that I can use to add a single line to my servers /etc/hosts pointing any domain I want at the loopback IP address of 127.0.01.

So I thought I would share..

SUCCESS=0                      # All good programmers use Constants             # Change this to meet your needs
needle=www.$domain             # Fortunately padding & comments are ignored
hostline=" $domain www.$domain"

# Determine if the line already exists in /etc/hosts
echo "Calling Grep"
grep -q "$needle" "$filename"  # -q is for quiet. Shhh...

# Grep's return error code can then be checked. No error=success
if [ $? -eq $SUCCESS ]
  echo "$needle found in $filename"
  echo "$needle not found in $filename"
  # If the line wasn't found, add it using an echo append >>
  echo "$hostline" >> "$filename"
  echo "$hostline added to $filename"


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