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Double Vertical Bar (||)

The command shell interprets the (||) as the logical OR. This is opposite of logical AND. Means second command will execute only when first command will be a failure.

Example:

rm exm || file jtp.txt ; echo yes

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Look at the above snapshot, by listing the Desktop, you can see there is a file 'exm' (We have highlighted it just to point it out). Now, we have given the command "rm exm || file jtp.txt ; echo yes". On passing this command, 'file jtp.txt' has not been executed because first command has sucessfully deleted 'exm'.

Now, again we have passed the same command "rm exm || file jtp.txt ; echo yes" and now second command 'file jtp.txt' is executed successfully.