Last Updated: December 26, 2018
· gaqzi

Waiting for all background jobs to finish in bash

I have a script that collects some information from several different
sources, commands that should run in parallel. As soon as all
this data has been collected I want to process it but it's important
that I don't start this until all commands has finished.

With the wait command in bash you can force the execution of
the script to pause until a specific or all background jobs has
finished executing before continuing the execution of your script.

So by putting my collection jobs in the background and putting in a
wait I manged to speed up the total execution time by quite a lot.

Example script:

collect-job1.sh &
collect-job2.sh &
collect-job3.sh &


wait # to not exit the containing script until all execution has finished

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Could you expand this tip to include nohup processes ? I'm assuming that if you close the terminal while your processes are running in the background, they will be killed.

over 1 year ago ·