I would like to run a bash scrpit while using a screen session, here is my script :

for i in 1 5 18 20
screen -S output_${i}
screen -d

The problem is that the screen session does not detach using screen -d (but detach with the keyboard shortcut ctrl-a d), any suggestion ? Thanks.

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    That also probably doesn't start the ./run_my_program within the screen, but waits for the first screen to return? Do you mean you want to start a detached screen session with some command? – ilkkachu Jul 27 '17 at 11:59
  • @ilkkachu actually it start the program but don't close the screen session. – liquid-snake Jul 27 '17 at 12:03

You don't have to "enter" the screen session to get it to run, just use -dm and it will start the session in detached mode:

for i in i 5 18 20; do
    screen -dm -S "output_$i" ./run_my_program
  • Thanks for your help, "output_${i}" is the name of my screen session write. – liquid-snake Jul 27 '17 at 12:03
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    @liquid-snake right, the -S argument names the session – Eric Renouf Jul 27 '17 at 12:04
  • What to do if I need to add an extra command before running my program, like export OMP_NUM_THREADS=1 && ./run_my_program ? – liquid-snake Jul 27 '17 at 12:05
  • @liquid-snake screen will inherit values from the parent, so you could always set/update the OMP_NUM_THREADS variable prior to launching, or if the script could take that as an argument, you could pass it that way, or you could run a shell to set the variable for you: screen ... sh -c "OMP_NUM_THREADS=1 ./run_my_program" – Eric Renouf Jul 27 '17 at 12:15
  • Thanks, it's working fine now, as you suggest I just run OMP_NUM_THREADS=1 befor the screen -dm -S ...... Thanks again Eric. – liquid-snake Jul 27 '17 at 13:00

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