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I have a simple script which takes commands to start, stop, restart and return the status of a game server (SA:MP). The site provides the solution for using this command:

./samp03svr &

Which works all well and dandy however when the script executes this it holds and waits for user input (pressing ENTER) which then continues script execution.

I can't seem to find a way to keep the scripts execution without waiting for any user input. I've been searching for about 5 hours now and have tried at least 20 different things including running screen. Running screen worked just doesn't provide the exact thing I am looking for. The script also collects the process ID immediately after like so:

mv ./server_log.txt ./logs/server_$NOW.txt
mv ./mysql_log.txt ./logs/mysql_$NOW.txt
./samp03svr <<< echo &
echo $pid > $pidf
echo -e "The server has been started successfully"

The message that comes up waiting for RETURN is:

Started server on port: 7777, with maxplayers: 30 lanmode is OFF.

The server is running 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04.

Thanks in advance.

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It is not clear. You asking how to automatically press ENTER key? – c0rp Apr 2 '14 at 6:14
I guess that could be one solution but I guess another could be just a way of skipping the command from waiting. – MrTeddy Apr 2 '14 at 6:46
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Because samp03svr outputs text, you need to redirect the output to null

 ./samp03svr > /dev/null 2>&1 &
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You may try to write a newline (\n) character to the standard input before running the server.

This is an example that write "foo" and pipes it to the of the next command

echo $'foo' | while read x ; do echo $x ; done

So in your case you could do

echo $'\n' | ./samp03svr

Newline quoting example taken from here.

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Thanks! Unfortunately this only puts a linebreak in after the text which appears for the server starting. – MrTeddy Apr 2 '14 at 7:14

Can you paste this script somewhere, or the part of the script where it is trying to read ENTER key.

Also try this, assuming it waiting for newline:

./samp03svr <<< echo &

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I think the hold is in the samp03svr but that file is complied since it is the server binary. I've updated the post with a larger snippet of the start up code in my script and the exact message its holding on. – MrTeddy Apr 2 '14 at 15:43

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