Forking / Multi-Threaded Processes | Bash

In bash scripts (non-interactive) by default JOB CONTROL is disabled so you can’t do the the commands: job, fg, and bg.

Here is what works well for me:


set -m # Enable Job Control

for i in `seq 30`; do # start 30 jobs in parallel
  sleep 3 &

# Wait for all parallel jobs to finish
while [ 1 ]; do fg 2> /dev/null; [ $? == 1 ] && break; done

The last line uses “fg” to bring a background job into the foreground. It does this in a loop until fg returns 1 ($? == 1), which it does when there are no longer any more background jobs.

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