MySqldump success or failure test

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http://serverfault.com – I am using mysqldump to take the backup of my mysql database and have put it under a cron job . I want to test its success or failure and want it to echo the Success or Failure Message in the cron job email but failing ? Please help me out... What command to pass ? I did this but failed : In my php backup script I included: $testvar = ' if [ "$?" -eq 0 ] then echo "Success" else echo "Mysqldump encountered a problem look in database.err for information" fi '; exec($testvar); My server says : Unexpected End of File (HowTos)