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In POSIX sh, let is undefined.

(or "In dash, ... is not supported." when using dash)

Problematic code:

let x=2+2

Correct code:

Use standard $((arithmetic expansion)) instead of legacy let:



let is a command used for arithmetic in some shells, but it's not a standard command. Use $((..)) instead.


If you only intend to target shells that supports this feature, you can change the shebang to a shell that guarantees support, or ignore this warning.

You can use # shellcheck disable=SC3000-SC4000 to ignore all such compatibility warnings.

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