On Thu, 1 Nov 2007, David Naylor wrote:

> Hi,
> 
> I am having a hard time getting (very complex script for me) to work.  The
> basic idea is that this script runs a bunch of tarkets, many of which are
> time consuming but low on resources (such as downloading files).  Now if I
> run the tarkets all at once (given some dependancy issues) it greatly speeds
> up the process (about 5 time speed increase).  However I do not know how to
> do this using sh...
> 
> Example
> 
> #!/bin/sh
> 
> worker1() {
>   # Copy some files
> }
> 
> worker2() {
>   # Download some files
> }
> 
> worker3() {
>   # Do something else
> }
> 
> ..... # and so on
> 
> run_jobs() {
>   worker1 &
>   worker2 &
>   worker3 &
>   # !!! Somehow wait for over workers to finish before continuing !!!
> }
> 
> #Finished
> 
> Furthermore, how can signals be handled such that the signals get
> accumulated and once all the other workers have finished the signals get
> passed on (appropriately)

The "wait" shell builtin is part of what you're after.

You probably will need to trap the signals you're interested in 
catching. Just a

        trap 'int=1' INT
        wait
        trap - INT

        if [ "x$int" = x1 ]; then ... ; fi

should do it.


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