I am working on a simple bash script that configures new servers how I want them. It's nothing special but it will hopefully save me quite a lot of time in the future.

How do I prevent prompts like this:

  You are about to add the following PPA to your system:
    Stable version of nginx.
    More info: https://launchpad.net/~nginx/+archive/stable
  Press [ENTER] to continue or ctrl-c to cancel adding it

When running commands like this from a script:

  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nginx/stable 
  sudo apt-get update
  sudo apt-get -y install nginx

Is there an auto accept flag that I can set or something like that?


add-apt-repository has a -y flag you can use, which should do the trick.

Though I really want to suggest that you look at configuration management systems like puppet or chef to configure servers. They'll save you a lot of time!

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  • Perfect, thank you. I am going to look into both and see if I can get my head around them. Thanks again! – dannymcc Feb 3 '13 at 11:51
  • -y is for bypass confirmation "yes/no", it is not for "Press [ENTER] to continue or ctrl-c to cancel adding it" – Trong Tran Jul 8 at 4:01

It's probably worth noting that this is what yes was written for. It by default prints a y repeatedly, but yes <string> will just repeat "string" instead.

If you're presented with a bunch of responses like:

Press [ENTER] to continue or ctrl-c to cancel adding it

You can do something like:

yes '' | sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nginx/stable

To automatically put an enter at every prompt. Given that apt-add-repository has a -y option, you should use that, but if you ever encounter a script that doesn't have that option, you can use yes.

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  • This is correct answer. Thanks @Erik – Trong Tran Jul 8 at 4:05

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