I am trying to run bash script which run 8 for loops simulatenously.

one of the my for loop likes below

for i in 00 01 02 03 04 ; do cat $INDIR/sys*$1.$i*csv | awk -F '\xac' 'BEGIN{OFS=";";} ($4 == 10)  { $1=$1; print }'> $OUTDIR/$1_$i.csv

So I have converted into following syntax to run with nohup

nohup bash -c 'for i in 00 01 02 03 04; do cat $INDIR/rti*$1.$i*csv|awk -F \'\\xac\' \'BEGIN{OFS=\";\";} ($4==10) { $1=$1; print }\'>$OUTDIR/$i.csv;done' &

But I am getting following error

test.sh: line 9: syntax error near unexpected token `('
test.sh: line 9: `nohup bash -c 'for i in 00 01 02 03 04; do cat $INDIR/rti*$1.$i*csv|awk -F \'\\xac\' \'BEGIN{OFS=\";\";} ($4==10) { $1=$1; print }\'>$OUTDIR/$i.csv;done' & '

I also tried with following code changes

nohup sh -c ''

nohup /bin/bash -c ''


but no progress,

BTW my for loop works without nohup

Thanks for your help

  • The root issue here is the single quotes, backslashes don't work inside them, so you have 'for ...|awk -F \' quoted, then the rest is unquoted since the following single-quotes are all escaped. – ilkkachu Dec 6 '17 at 20:22

It would be much easier (read: more read- and maintainable) if you divide your code into two scripts: One to execute the actual function(s), and one to start them. Sample code for the latter:

for i in 00 01 02 03 04; do
    nohup /path/to/workerScript.sh ${i}

If you want to keep the logic in a single script you can still use this approach:

if [ $# -eq 0 ]; then
    for i in 00 01 02 03 04; do
        nohup $0 ${i}

    exit 0

# Rest of the logic follows
  • Hello Murphy I already have this solution and it works very well. But I am looking one script way :) thanks for your reply – Murat Dec 8 '17 at 12:49
  • @Murat You can have that and still keep the script readable. I expanded my example. – Murphy Dec 8 '17 at 13:02

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