bash if statement prints stuff to terminal
I am new to writing bash scripts, so I can't understand how to fix (remove) consoling of stuff that are inside if statement (see code below). Could someone tell me why it does stuff like that?
if pgrep "Electron" -n then killall Electron else echo "Visual Studio Code is already closed" fi
You could bash redirection https://www.gnu.org/software/bash/manual/html_node/Redirections.html
if pgrep "Electron" -n > /dev/null then killall Electron else echo "Visual Studio Code is already closed" fi
When you pass a linux command in the if statement, bash will run this command in order to check its exit code. The exit code of this command will be used in order to decide true or false. In bash 0 means true, any other exit code evaluates to false.
So since bash execute the command, you will see its output in the terminal. In order to surpress the output, you can use redirection
man pgrepon MacOS:
-q Do not write anything to standard output.
So you can change your condition to:
if pgrep -q "Electron" -n ...
A more generic solution that should work with implementations of
pgrepthat do not support the
-qoption (e.g. on Ubuntu), as well as with any other tool, would be to redirect the process's standard output to
if pgrep "Electron" -n >/dev/null ...