I am trying to execute a program which loops indefinitely, and so must be forcibly interrupted. After executing the program, I want to delete it. I can do it in several steps:

  1. ./MyProg
  2. Control + C
  3. rm MyProg

but I need to do this often, so I'd like to have steps 1 and 3 on a single line for easy history recall.

I have tried the following, but in each case the Control + C interrupt kills the whole line, not just the executing program, and so the file is never deleted:

./MyProg && rm MyProg
./MyProg;   rm MyProg
./MyProg || rm MyProg

How can I get the interrupt to affect only the running program, and not the whole command line?

1 Answer 1


You can use the trap mechanism inside your MyProg to clean up after the program is exiting.

trap "rm MyProg" EXIT

If the MyProg is not a bash script, you can wrap your program in a bash script.

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