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Old 02-23-2012
Shell script validation using process.

Hi All,
I have a shell script in Linux and it will be invoked by 2 methods,

1) An automated background process .
2) Logining into the box and directly executing the script.

I need to put a validation in my shell script such that it will be executed successfully on when an automated background process invokes it. When any user login and invoke it manually it should throw an error and exit. Please advise how this can be achieved inside my shell script
# 2  
Old 02-23-2012
Shell logins will have terminal devices, things created by cron and the like won't.

if /bin/stty -F /dev/tty >/dev/null 2>/dev/null
        echo "Cannot run this program from a terminal" >&2
        exit 1

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Old 02-23-2012
Thanks a lot for your reply. If I need to validate whether the process is invoked only from a particular parent (i,e automated background parent process p1), then how can I do the validation in the shell script?
# 4  
Old 02-24-2012
How to get that information depends on your system. What is it?
# 5  
Old 02-24-2012
Actually, the script is invoked in background from harvest. So, In order to identify whether the script is invoked only from harvest and not in foreground or through anyother background process, I got the $PPID in myscript.ksh, it gives the details as,

myid1 22511 22510 0 02:53 ? 00:00:00 /usr/bin/ksh /tmp/har37sbp6
myid1 23346 22511 02:54 ? 00:00:00 /bin/ksh /home/myid1/myscript.ksh myid1 23366 23346 0 02:54 ? 00:00:00 grep 22511

But the process ("/usr/bin/ksh /tmp/har37sbp6") is forked by a parent harvest process,

myid1 22510 25146 0 02:53 ? 00:00:00 /host1harvest/dstart/harrefreshd 50000 /host1harvest/Harvestr/5

So, In the current shell script(myscrip.ksh) how can I get the parent's parent process name(i,e, 22510, /host1harvest/dstart/harrefreshd 50000 /host1harvest/Harvestr/5) and validate it for harvest string. Please advise.
# 6  
Old 02-24-2012
The Shell way to test if you are in background:
if [ ! -t 1 ]
           echo "In background"

Script tests whether STDOUT is a terminal.

For question 2, please post your exact Operating System and version and what Shell you are using. It also helps to know if the script will be normally invoked by root or another named user.
In the situation where I don't want a script executed by accident I usually call the script with an activation parameter and exit if the correct parameter is not supplied.
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Old 02-24-2012
Thanks for your reply.

Linux 2.6.18-164.el5 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux


The script will be invoked a normal user and not by root. Are there any other approaches other than parameters?

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