shell script - getting the prompt back.

when i start the application using a specific command, its does spawn a process however a i am not getting the prompt back.  I have been told you to press CTRL+C to get the prompt.

This is usual behavior for starting the application.

How do i get the prompt back using the shell script?

[root@myserver]# bash -x /etc/init.d/app start
output omitted

Session terminated, killing shell... ...killed.

when i run #ps -ef | grep app, i noticed the process is running. when i talk to the app support, they said its normal behavior.  Not sure why this happens.
ittechlabLinux SupportAsked:
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David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
When you start an application in foreground, you will see a new command prompt under two circumstances...

1) Command reaches completion. In this case you command prompt will hang, till your command completes.

Typing CNTL-C kills/terminates/stops the running command.

2) Command run detaches itself + begins running in background.

You can also explicitly run a command in background by appending an & character to end of your command.
David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
Likely you'll do the following...

bash -x /etc/init.d/app start &

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And no way to be sure, without knowing what /etc/init.d/app contains.
Duncan RoeSoftware DeveloperCommented:
Bash does not have - -x flag. Perhaps the author mis-typed the Q and is using bash -c?
Any well-written script in /etc/init.d should return to shell prompt reasonably quickly.
/etc/init.d/app start

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should be sufficient (no need for bash -c).

CORRECTION: Bash does have a -x flag, but the effect of using it is to output all executed commands to stderr. Somehow I don't think you can be doing that.
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sounds like the "app" does not release with the user expecting it to go into the background on its own.

nohup /etc/init.d/app start &
nohup separates the script from your shell such that when you terminate your session it will not terminate the process the app spawns.
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Are you building some start scripts yourself? Scripts in init.d usually start (services) in the background. Is the 'app' something that you are writing?
nociSoftware EngineerCommented:
Maybe you should check on the steps for daemonizing a program.
In General:
Mostly this means closing stdin/stdout/stderr reopening them to /dev/null
then forking the process and continue working in the CHILD process.
The parent should only save the pid of the child (f.e. /var/run/ so a stop procedure can find your daemon.  
It also gives a chance the let the parent do some initialising while privileged and having the child run in a less privileged account.  

If the child needs to run as root and the you might be able to getaway with:

app >/dev/null </dev/null 2>&1 &
echo $$ >/var/run/

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or with a log file:
app >/var/log/app.log </dev/null 2>&1 &
echo $$ >/var/run/

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Many distros used to have a toolkit like daemontools which would do this a bit better then above two lines.

as startup command.
Bernard S.CTOCommented:
- you are not sure what happens whan you launch the app

- if it is a sh or bash script, you can check what happens when running the script by using, as suggested

bash -x -v

- this will display on screen how the script is run /interpreted
- of course this does not work for non-script programs
ittechlabLinux SupportAuthor Commented:
i usually run bash -x

what is the difference between
bash -x -v
bash -x
nociSoftware EngineerCommented:
-x shows commands executed (exec calls).
-v shows commands when parsed (input handling).

-x -v   is combined...
See bash manpage.
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