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Old 04-29-2005, 03:50 PM   #1
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Angry Linux Scripting Issue Kicking my Butt !!!


I have remapped Ctrl Alt BackSpace to call a debug script I have written. ( see below)

I have started the script off with an xmessage screen to let the user know that something is happening as the dump & subsequent tar up of the files takes a few minutes & I don't want the user to shut off the power during the dump.

Problem is, I have to physically hit the OK in the xmessage to move to the next part of the script. A -timeout value kicks off the next command of the script but I now have nothing showing the user that something is happening on the screen.

What I want to happen is to keep the " Please Wait " message on the screen while everything else is happening with no user intervention. The final restart of X will clear out everything & get me back up.

Any ideas how I can keep a user message on the screen while I am doing the tar & the dump?


umask 0000

varDate=`date +%Y-%m-%d-%H%M`

xmessage -center "Please Wait, taking a dump"

if [ -e /tmp/core.* ]
tar -czf /tmp/coredump/dump.${varDate}.tar.gz /tmp/core.* /tmp/ gdbtrace_*.txt /tmp/shlib_*

rm /tmp/core.* /tmp/gdbtrace_*.txt /tmp/shlib_*

/usr/local/bin/ -ac `ps -emf | grep "java" | head -n 1 | awk '{print $2}'` -e /opt/IBMJava2-141/jre/bin/java

if [ -e /tmp/core.* ]
tar -czf /tmp/coredump/dump.${varDate}.tar.gz /tmp/core.* /tmp/gdbtrace_*.txt /tmp/shlib_*
rm /tmp/core.* /tmp/gdbtrace_*.txt /tmp/shlib_*
Old 04-29-2005, 05:00 PM   #2
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I take it that this is written in Bash and xmessage is a program?

In that case, you can do:
xmessage -center "Please Wait, taking a dump" &
to run xmessage in the background.


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