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Wait command help

Hi, Is there any way to know the child process status as and when it finished. If i write like below
nohup sh a1.sh & ### has sleep 20 ;echo a1.sh
nohup sh a2.sh & ### has sleep 10 ;echo a2.sh
nohup sh a3.sh & ### has sleep 5 ;echo a3.sh
wait
This will wait till a1.sh ,a2.sh a3.sh completes. I want to know individual status immediately as it finishes. In the above a3.sh has sleep of 5 , this should come out and display a3.sh. I tried to use wait PID, this command is given one at a time
wait $pid1 ; echo $?
wait $pid2; echo $?
wait $pid3 ; echo $?
Please let me know how this should be done. I don't want wait till all child process finishes. I want it to display as and when it completes. Any help really appreciated.
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NOHUP(1)						    BSD General Commands Manual 						  NOHUP(1)

NAME
nohup -- invoke a utility immune to hangups SYNOPSIS
nohup [--] utility [arguments] DESCRIPTION
The nohup utility invokes utility with its arguments and at this time sets the signal SIGHUP to be ignored. If the standard output is a ter- minal, the standard output is appended to the file nohup.out in the current directory. If standard error is a terminal, it is directed to the same place as the standard output. Some shells may provide a builtin nohup command which is similar or identical to this utility. Consult the builtin(1) manual page. ENVIRONMENT
The following variables are utilized by nohup: HOME If the output file nohup.out cannot be created in the current directory, the nohup utility uses the directory named by HOME to create the file. PATH Used to locate the requested utility if the name contains no '/' characters. DIAGNOSTICS
The nohup utility exits with one of the following values: 126 The utility was found, but could not be invoked. 127 The utility could not be found or an error occurred in nohup. Otherwise, the exit status of nohup will be that of utility. SEE ALSO
builtin(1), csh(1), signal(3) STANDARDS
The nohup utility is expected to be IEEE Std 1003.2 (``POSIX.2'') compatible. BUGS
Two or more instances of nohup can append to the same file, which makes for a confusing output. BSD
July 19, 2001 BSD

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