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Friday, August 14, 2009

Posted by venu k
10 comments | 11:43 PM
# gcd.sh: greatest common divisor uses Eclidean algorithm
# Usage : gcd.sh num1 num2 num3 .... (any number of arguments)
# The algorithm used to calculate the GCD two integers is known as the Euclidean algorithm.
# Based on Euclidean algorithm this script is written(Recursive method).
# For checking supplied arguments are integers or not check GCD of two numbers code

# Argument check
# Minimum 2 arguments you should to supply

if [ $# -lt "$ARGS" ]
echo "Invalid Arguments"
echo "Usage: $0 first-number second-number"
# Preserve command line argument for future use

function Euclidean()
if [ $2 -eq 0 ]
return $1
Euclidean $2 $(($1%$2)) # calling function recursively
Euclidean $1 $2
# $? returns the exit status of script. This is one method to capture return value of a function

# Shifts command line arguments one step.Now $1 holds second argument

while true
# shift is used to pick up next command line argument to continue iteration
# $# holds total number of arguments.At every shift operation its value decreases one

if [ $# -eq 0 ]
break 2
Euclidean $return $1
echo "GCD of $cmdargs is $return"
exit 0


  1. Thanks for sharing your scripts.
    It is easy for beginners.

  2. Hello There,

    Jeez oh man,while I applaud for your writing , it’s just so damn straight to the point GCD of more than two numbers.
    Getting below exception while installing DreamHouse app from AppExchange

    Method does not exist or incorrect signature : void isRunningTest() from the type Test
    EinsteinVisionController: Method does not exist or incorrect signature: void isRunningTest() from the type Test

    Very useful article, if I run into challenges along the way, I will share them here.

    Thanks a heaps,

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