How to run a script without closing the terminal?

I have a script in file and it is executable. When I click on it, the script is executed and the window is closed. I'd like the window to stay open.

Something like command cmd /k** command in Windows.

P.S. I don't want to use pause, but I want to able to write more commands after the script was executed.

Answers 8

  • Put $SHELL at the end of your script:

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    A small flaw: since gnome-terminal isn't running the bash as it's shell, it will regard it as an application and display a warning about it when you try to close the terminal:

    There is still a process running in this terminal
    Closing the terminal will kill it.

    I've found no nice way to hide this warning. If you want, you can disable it entirely by running:

    gconftool --set /apps/gnome-terminal/global/confirm_window_close --type boolean false

    This doesn't happen if you're using xterm instead of gnome-terminal; should it bother you.

  • Using Gnome Terminal

    Using gnome-terminal appending ;bash at the end of the command string and calling the script with -c option works. For example:

    gnome-terminal -e "bash -c ~/;bash"

    This does the following:

    1. opens gnome-terminal
    2. executes the script
    3. shows the bash prompt after the script has finished.

    You can exit the gnome-terminal window by closing the window or type exit at the bash prompt. Or you can type more commands as requested.

  • If you have access to the script, you may also add the following code at the end:


    That code will wait for an input before closing, so the terminal will stay open until you press Enter.

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