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I have a automatic build script it uses a makefile which starts different ant scripts depending on the target

I start it using xterm (I have a shortcut on the desktop) It works fine but if I want to check if the execution was successful I cant close the terminal automatically

Is there a terminal emulator which wont auto close if there was an error during execution ?

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You seem to open a terminal to run one command and close the terminal. This is a highly unusual workflow outside the Windows world. The usual workflow is to have a terminal open permanently, and run commands in it when needed. Or, when the command is a build command, work in an IDE and have it invoke the build process.

If you insist in creating a new terminal each time (a bad idea, because that will make messages from prior builds immediately unavailable), you can make the terminal wait in case of error by inserting a shell snippet that checks the return status, and waits for input if there is an error.

xterm -e sh -c 'ant mytarget || read line'

If the build process completes successfully, the terminal window will be closed immediately. If the build process fails, the terminal window will be closed after you press Enter.

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So do not put exit in the end of the script and/or check return code...

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this does not work with xterm it closes unless you set the -hold flag but you are right I can check the exit code and wait for user input if there is an error still I hope there is a terminal emulator which can do this – sherif Feb 21 '12 at 14:17
@sherif just change the command that the shortcut runs. make foobar || read will wait for an <ENTER> keypress if make fails. – Patrick Feb 22 '12 at 2:05

I think what Jiri meants was that you should use xterm, without -hold, and change your build script to only exit if it completes successfully. If there is an error, have your build script stop and wait for a key press from the user. If your build script is a bash script, just use the read statement:

read unused_var
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