How to Pause the Shell?

us flag

I have a shell script that ends with exit 0 and want to pause it before executing the command.

Cyrus avatar
cn flag
Replace `exit 0` with `read; exit 0`.
tr flag

To pause for 3 seconds,

sleep 3
bac0n avatar
cn flag
I think OP is looking for `read -p "Press [Enter] ..."`
sa flag

Insert this code in your shell script before the line in your shell script that executes the command.

echo "Press any key to continue."
while [ true ] ; do
read -t 10 -n 1  
echo ""
if [ $? = 0 ] ; then
echo "Waiting for a keypress..."

The code waits 10 seconds for a the user press any key and then prompts the user again to press any key to continue. If three seconds is too long to wait then change the 10 in the line that says read -t 10 -n 1 to a smaller number.

source: revised from Bash wait for keypress

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