Can a Bourn Shell Script put itself in the background?
vogelke+unix at pobox.com
Sat Jun 6 20:44:28 UTC 2009
>> "Barry Byrne" writes:
B> I think the simplest thing would be to write a little wrapper script
B> that calls your other script.
B> echo "Stating Daemon Now"
B> /path/to/mainscript &
You might be better off using daemon to make sure you're detached from
the controlling terminal. Other advantages are changing the working
directory to / in case you need to unmount the filesystem from which
the original program was run, and properly handling stdin/stdout/stderr.
>> On Sat, 06 Jun 2009 07:10:47 -0500,
>> Martin McCormick <martin at dc.cis.okstate.edu> said:
M> [...] the output can be redirected to /dev/null or anywhere
M> else when you call the script. To kill it, do
M> ps ax | grep SCRIPTNAME | grep -v grep
If you're looking for an easy way to kill "mainscript", have it store
its process-id somewhere:
echo $$ > /var/run/`basename $0`.pid
M> As with all scripts that can start background processes, be careful with
M> loops and such...
If you're working on each file in a directory, it helps to add
something like this to the inner loop:
test -f "stop" && echo stopped at user request && exit 1
This way, you can just "touch stop" if something goes to hell instead
of having to grub around in the process table.
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