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Bash Bits: Trap Control C (SIGTERM)

Published: 14-09-2013 | Author: Remy van Elst | Text only version of this article

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Bash Bits are small examples and tips for Bash Scripts. This bash bit shows youhow to capture a Control C signal in a bash script, for example, to clean up anytemp or pid files when your script is killed or closed.

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Exit signals are sent when for example you use pkill or killall. If you donot specify a number, a SIGTERM is sent. If you for example do a pkill -9firefox, it sents a SIGKILL. If you have a bash script which places a tempfile, or a pid file, you might want to clean that up before you exit.

We create a function to catch the exit signals first, then we bind this functionto the exit signals.

This is the control_c function:

function control_c {    echo -en "\n## Caught SIGINT; Clean up and Exit \n"    rm /var/run/    exit $?}

Then we use the trap command to bind the function to an exit signal. Here I bindit to both SIGINT and SIGTERM:

trap control_c SIGINTtrap control_c SIGTERM

Now when the script gets killed or you do a control c, the script will removeit's pid file. You can put anything in the control_c function, I mostly use itfor cleanup.

Read more about Signals here on The Linux Documentation Project

Tags: bash, bash-bits, control-c, exit-signals, shell, sigterm, snippets