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Old 03-28-2006
return code from script

hey all,

I have a simple script


./ test_a.txt &
./ test_b.txt &


I want to invoke another program based on the return status of the above calls. How am I were to get that? Thanks!
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Old 10-23-2007
I am also facing the same iissue if any one can reply it would be very helpful for me.
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Old 10-23-2007
Well...the short answer is "you can't do that". In the above example, the return code is lost.

One answer is to write the return code to a file:
(; echo $? > /tmp/rc1) &
RC1=$(cat /tmp/rc1)
You would need to make sure the temporary file is unique, but this should work. There aren't any elegant solutions, really.
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