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I need to execute a script from the nautilus-actions and then wait for any input from the user, who has to read what the script has done before the terminal disappears.

This is my current nautilus-actions configuration:

  • Runtime execution: gnome-terminal -x sh -c COMMAND
  • Make executable:
    • Path: gksudo
    • Parameters: chmod +x %F

This script makes a file executable (+x) but I'd like to actually see the chmod output, if any, before the terminal is closed. Can this be achieved?

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You could use read (see man page of your shell) to make the terminal wait for the user to press a key to indicate they have read the output. Unfortunately, read from dash is rather limited, so I'd recommend using bash for this.

read -s -n1 -p "Press any key to continue" will print the prompt to the terminal (-p), wait for any key to be pressed (-n1) and finally exit without printing the entered key (-s).

Adding that to your script gives your users all the time they need.

Update: To integrate the above into nautilus-actions, create a bash script you can then use as action in the configuration dialog.

The script would have to look something like the following.

gksu chmod +x $1
read -s -n1 -p "Press any key to continue"

Calling that script with a file name as first parameter – just like you did before with chmod – will set the executable bit for that file, then wait for user input.

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I have read about, well, read, but how can I integrate it into nautilus-actions? – frapontillo Nov 24 '13 at 12:23
Added some information on how to do that to the post. – drc Nov 24 '13 at 12:39
I imagined that would be a solution; but can't I do this in the single command passed by nautilus-actions? I have already tried thecommand -param; read -s -n1 -p "Press any key to continue" but that does not work. – frapontillo Nov 24 '13 at 12:44
From what I can tell, nautilus-actions does not support multiple commands. Thus, more complex actions have to be wrapped in a script like the one in my post. – drc Nov 24 '13 at 12:50

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