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Old 03-09-2006, 12:28 PM   #1
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script 'prompting with timeout' question


I know how to have a bash script prompt a user and save it in a variable.

Code:
#!/bin/sh
echo -n "Please enter your name: "
read $NAME
The question is how to do so with a timeout period (let's say 5 seconds), after which the variable can receive some default value.

Thanks for any suggestions.
 
Old 03-09-2006, 12:37 PM   #2
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NAME="somedefault"
read -t secs NAME

If NAME has a value before prompt and timeout occurs it will keep same value

Last edited by dive; 03-09-2006 at 12:38 PM.
 
Old 03-09-2006, 12:44 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I tested it and it works great.
 
  


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