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Keep Scripts Running Forever

Keep Scripts Running Forever
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Whether you're automating processes, managing server chores, or just experimenting; you often need a way to keep your scripts running after disconnect or indefinitely. I see people using mostly nohup & screen for this, but there are some other tools available as well.

Let's discuss the less well-known but convenient ways to run scripts or commands on a Linux machine forever—even after logging out—in this blog post.

But first, let's us do a refresher of known methods:

nohup while true; do dig codereliant.io NS; sleep 1; done &

This command uses nohup to ignore the HUP (hangup) signal, which is sent to the process when the user logs out. The output of the command will be redirected to a file named nohup.out by default, unless you specify otherwise.

The command while true; do dig codereliant.io NS; sleep 1; done is a loop that continuously runs the dig command to retrieve the NS records for the domain codereliant.io, with a 1-second delay between each query. And we will use this as an example throughout the post.


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