Getting Process-id of a Child Proces
Implementing parallel processing is possible in
bash. You can put a job in the background with the
& on the commandline and in your script.
You can obtain the id of the child proces, by referring to
$! and the parent proces id using
I use this simple trick to play sounds for log running jobs providing audible feedback.
The basic prototype looks like the following, a script that will run for ever, emitting an alive beep, we call this
#!/bin/bash while [ 1 ]; do /usr/bin/afplay $HOME/Sounds/alive.wav; sleep 2; done exit 0
Our parent script doing stuff, which the child process beeps away.
#!/bin/bash alive-beep.sh & sleep 6; kill $! /usr/bin/afplay $HOME/Sounds/success.wav exit 0
Do note that the scope of the
$! has to be watched closely, since forking more that one child results on more than one proces-id, yes it sounds logical, but can be confusing and not quite obvious, when you are experimenting.