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I am trying to incorporate a test into my bash scripts which will select different code depending on whether or not it runs in an interactive or a non-interactive mode.

Given the following two programs:

File: qk.sh
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#!/bin/bash

plen=${#PS1}
if [ -z "$PS1" ]; then
        echo -e "This shell is interactive:$plen :$PS1"
else
        echo -e "This shell is non-interactive:$plen :$PS1"
fi


File2: qk2.sh
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#!/bin/bash
./qk.sh > ckit
cat ./ckit



When I run qk.sh during and interactive session, it prints

"This shell is interactive:0 : "

When I run qk2.sh, which I assume means I am running qk.sh non-interactively, I get the same output.

Any insights would be appreciated.

-G



if [ -z "$PS1" ]; then
        echo This shell is not interactive
else
        echo This shell is interactive
fi
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Question by:gmanpert
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if ps -p $PPID | grep -- '-[a-z]*$' ; then
  echo -e "This shell is interactive:$plen :$PS1"
else
          echo -e "This shell is non-interactive:$plen :$PS1"
fi
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if perl -e 'exit -t STDOUT' ; then
        echo -e "This shell is non-interactive:$plen :$PS1"
else
        echo -e "This shell is interactive:$plen :$PS1"
fi

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by:gmanpert
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The first method did not work for me. The output was "This shell is non-interactive:0 : " when I ran it from the bash command line.  

The second one works wonders. - Thanks.
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