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Old 01-29-2002
Question automate the input in a script

I have a program that i have to run by cron. The program needs user input. So i have to automate that in a littke script.

start of script

result=program.log; export result
echo Program starting : `date` >> $result
/usr/local/program >> $result
echo Program running : `date` >> $result

The program normally asks for a string (a pass phrase).
How can i do this ?

I know i have to use something like :

/usr/local/program >> $result 2>&1 <<eof

but i don't get it to work

Thanks in advance
# 2  
Old 01-29-2002
Try something like...

/usr/local/program <<EOF >> $result 2>&1

Note the contents of your blahblahblah file
would be placed directly "inline" in your
script being run by cron.
# 3  
Old 01-29-2002
The code did not translate properly when
posted Smilie

Should be...

/usr/local/program <<EOF >> $result 2>&1
# 4  
Old 01-29-2002
OK... I guess "quoting" doesn't work either.

Let's try...

/usr/local/program < < EOF > > $result 2>&1

...I tried an extra space between the "<"'s
and ">"'s
# 5  
Old 01-30-2002
Try using the HTML equivelent, like:

ampersand, lt, then semicolon for less than, and
ampersand, gt, then semicolon for greater than.
# 6  
Old 01-30-2002
automate the input


I tried a lot of things.

When i start quoting i always get messages of command not found. I treid normal single quote ', double quote " and single right quote ` and single left quote . Which one should i be using ? Do i have to quote the whole line ? I tried the whole line and parts of the line.

I tried to put the blahblah on the same line .
When i use :

program <> $result 2>&1 << blahblah
the output is coming to my screen

When using spaces between the < < then i get syntax errors near the unexpected token <

Most of the times it keeps waiting for the input. When i enter the string (stays invisible to me) the program starts without problem.
# 7  
Old 01-30-2002
Check out expect:
You can supply interactive data in a script...
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