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Re: need help on shell programming

Why is it not the 'best' idea? Infinite loops can be used to your advantage. It's already been remarked that cron will not work because it is fixed-frequency. That means OP will have to start maintaining state via files to avoid race conditions.

An infinite while;do;done construct can be interrupted by a SIGINT anyways. A well-constructed shell script will trap this signal and clean up whatever dirt it's left behind for finally dying. The while [ 1 -eq 1 ]; answer is semantically correct, but using while true; looks nicer.

Raphael Faria wrote:

i dont think that script with an eternal loop is the best ideia. If u want keep this script running for a long time ( even when ur user is loged out, u will need a screen desatached [ screen ^a ^d]). My advice will be that u make this script and set a rule at ur crontab for every min:

#crontab -e

(put this line if u need taht script to run every min)
* *  * *   *      ./path/script

hope that helps u,

2009/3/1 Olaf Reitmaier Veracierta <olafrv@gmail.com <mailto:olafrv@gmail.com>>

    while [ 1 -eq 1 ]; then
      sleep 60

    Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. wrote:

        On Thursday 26 February 2009 18:35:01 Mike Castle wrote:

            On Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 4:29 PM, Michael Pobega
            <pobega@gmail.com <mailto:pobega@gmail.com>> wrote:

                On Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 04:54:28PM -0500, Long Wind wrote:

                    I want a script.
                    The script run a command, wait one minute,
                    then run the command again, wait one minute again
                    ... again and again ...

                Sounds like a job for Cron!

            It depends on how long the job takes, and what the
            requirements are.

            They did seem to imply they want to wait 60 seconds
            between the end of
            one run to the start of the next one, as opposed to
            running every 60
            seconds regardless.

        The OP says they want fixed-delay.  Cron is for
        fixed-frequency.  A script that schedules itself as an "at"
        job as it's last command is another way to handle fixed-delay.

            If the job takes 45 seconds, it could be a pretty
            substantial semantic


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