I'm using bash shell on Ubuntu Linux 14.04. I have this script ...

SIDEKIQ_STOP_CMD="cd $APP_ROOT && bundle exec sidekiqctl stop $SIDEKIQ_PID 0"
    su - $USER -c "$SIDEKIQ_STOP_CMD"
    echo "Stopped sidekiq"

What I'm noticing is that if the PID no longer exists that is defined in my file "$SIDEKIQ_PID", the line


dies with a "Process doesn't exist" error and the script doesn't continue (I can't see the following echo statement). How can I make my script continue even if the process no longer exists?

  • Should the stop subcommand take a PID file or a PID (number)? – Kusalananda Oct 10 '17 at 21:55
  • Everything works fine when the PID in taht file exists so I assume its good the way I have it, at least in regards to what comes after "stop". – Dave Oct 10 '17 at 22:00
  • First test whether the PID still exists with kill -0 $PID (this needs to be executed by the owner of the process or root). If the exit code is zero, the PID exists, and proceed; elsewise, handle the case of "this PID no longer exists". – DopeGhoti Oct 10 '17 at 22:03
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    Is errexit set for the shell invocation? – Jeff Schaller Oct 10 '17 at 23:29
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    any confirmation of the "errexit" shell option being set or unset? – Jeff Schaller Oct 13 '17 at 20:00

A quick way to get around the errexit setting without turning it off is to make the command return success.


set -e
false  # script exits here


set -e
false || true   # script no longer exits

So maybe try

su - $USER -c "$SIDEKIQ_STOP_CMD" || true

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