Recently I was writing bunch of automation scripts that were waiting for some file on a disk to appear.
I was in need of some kind of timeout
if operation that would wait for few minutes for that file, and fail if that file will not appear.
As I like to do I set up to search something like on internet, unsuccessfully. So I wrote it myself.
TIMEOUT_MINUTES=10 WAIT_SECONDS=5 START=1 END=$((($TIMEOUT_MINUTES * 60) / $WAIT_SECONDS)) for i in $(seq $START $END); do if [ ! -f "/deploy/transfer_ok" ] then sleep $WAIT_SECONDS else break fi done if [ ! -f "/deploy/transfer_ok" ] then echo "File transfer_ok not found." exit 1 fi echo "Complete."
Let's go over it to explain.
First few lines are basically our settings.
We want to wait up to 20 minutes, check each 5 seconds.
END will calculate how many tries we will do.
for cycle will go over a sequence created from
END. Every step will check if the file is not present on disk. If no it will sleep for the
WAIT_SECONDS seconds. If so it will break the cycle.
After we are out of the loop, we will check one more time. If the file is still not present we will exit the script with error code.
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