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Old 09-23-2002
Question executing a script for a certain amount of time

I am writing a script that takes two parameters: the name of another script and an integer that represents a number of seconds. The script must execute the second script (first parameter) for the specified number of seconds (second parameter), suspend it for the same number of seconds, and continue this cycle until the specified script is finished.
For example:

pulse input.ksh 2

I have no idea how to run a script for a specified amount of time. I have looked at the "at" and "crontab" commands but these don't seem appropriate. Anybody know of a solution?

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Old 09-24-2002
why not run another script after n seconds which kills the first script.
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Old 09-24-2002

try sleep
sleep seconds

Pass the number of seconds to a variable immediately if you think the positional vars ($1, $2...) might change in your scripts.

like sleep "$AGAIN"

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Old 09-24-2002
This has to be homework...
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Old 09-24-2002
I agree that this looks like homework. Most scripts would run to conclusion rather than being abended before they finish.

I can't remember a time when I would run a script and then abend it to get my results. ????Smilie
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Old 09-24-2002
I can't kill the script because it has finish executing. It is just being suspended for a certain amount of time.
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Old 09-25-2002
Hammer & Screwdriver

Canbe homework, but i like to the trick too
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