I have the idea that I would like to add an environment variable ("waitTillReady") to my ~/.bashrc file, such that instead of doing this:

while [ "$(pidof -s make)" -o "$(pidof -s gcc)" -o "$(pidof -s ld)" ]; do echo "Still compiling..." && sleep 1; done && printf "\n%.0s" {1..20} && date && echo "THINGS ARE READY FOR YOU NOW..."

I want to be able to do this: $waitTillReady && echo "THINGS ARE READY FOR YOU NOW..."

I tried to edit my ~/.bashrc file like with different combinations of the following:

export waitTillReady="while [ "$(pidof -s make)" -o "$(pidof -s gcc)" -o "$(pidof -s ld)" ]; do echo "Still compiling..." && sleep 1; done && printf "\n%.0s" {1..20} && date"

E.g. I tried to enclose everything insider a single quote ' and I tried to escape the \" in the middle... Could anyone please help and tell what I should write in the ~/.bashrc file, after the "export waitTillReady=" line?

I would be grateful to hear any suggestions/ideas (and maybe an explanation of what I'm doing wrong), thanks!

  • you want an alias or a function, not export... – pLumo Jul 17 '19 at 12:03
  • Oh, thanks - I see... So it isn't possible to make as an EXPORT (not that I absolutely want that, just asking of curiosity) ? – Okay Dokey Jul 17 '19 at 12:10

If the syntax was correct, export would run your code only once, when your terminal starts and sets the result as an environment variable, which you can call using $waitTillReady.

You need an alias or maybe easier a shell function.

Put this in your .bashrc:

waitTillReady() {
    while pgrep '^(make|gcc|ld)$' &>/dev/null; do
        echo "Still compiling..." && sleep 1
    done && printf "\n%.0s" {1..20} && date

Then after next start of your terminal you can use it like it was a command:

waitTillReady; do_something
  • Interesting, thanks. Just to be clear - there's no way to make something like I originally started out with work, right (with "EXPORT ... [something]")? Because of some shell expansion stuff or...? – Okay Dokey Jul 17 '19 at 12:37
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    you would need command substitution like this: export variableName=$(command), but like I said, this will run only once when the terminal starts. – pLumo Jul 17 '19 at 12:39
  • ok: "... will run only once when the terminal starts" - that's not good enough :-) Thanks, I've marked as answered and am very happy now, it works for me with both the function - and the alias... It'll make things a bit easier, thanks. – Okay Dokey Jul 17 '19 at 12:46

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