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Procedural nature of shell scripts

Code:
#!/bin/bash
#this is script1
sleep 30

And
Code:
#!/bin/bash
#this is script 2
/path/to/script1.sh
echo im done

Running script 2 will give a 30 second pause and then echo Im done to the terminal. What behavior exactly, is responsible for waiting for script one to complete before the echo line is interpreted? Can someone please explain this mechanism? Does the shell wait for an exit status of any given command unless it is executed with a & at the end to send to background?

Thanks, I hope I am being clear.
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Old 03-13-2013
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Old 03-13-2013
Quote:
Originally Posted by glev2005
Does the shell wait for an exit status of any given command unless it is executed with a & at the end to send to background?
That's exactly what it does. The exit status is available in $? afterwards, but usually is used more directly, since you can plug commands directly into an if-statement.
 

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