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If I wish to execute the commands ls;cat test;cp test testlocation for example, can I confirm the start of each command prior to it executing? If it is possible, how do I do so?

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I'm assuming you mean that each command in sequence succeeded.

In that case, do this: ls && cat test && cp test testlocation

In response to the clarification:

Create a function called get_confirmation:

function get_confirmation() {
    echo -n "Continue? (Y/N) "
    read RESULT
    return $([ "$RESULT" = "Y" ])

Then do: ls && get_confirmation && cat test && get_confirmation && cp test testlocation

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I mean if I execute the command ls, it first lists all the files and then asks me for confirmation if I would like to execute the next command. – PeanutsMonkey Mar 4 '12 at 18:42
@PeanutsMonkey Thanks for the clarification - the edit addresses this. – new123456 Mar 4 '12 at 18:50
Thanks new123456. Wasn't aware I could simply write a function to get the confirmation. Is that the only way? – PeanutsMonkey Mar 4 '12 at 19:12
Would it be possible to email you more questions? Am a newbie at Linux and am having a hard time comprehending some of the fundamentals. – PeanutsMonkey Mar 4 '12 at 19:14
@PeanutsMonkey As far as I know, bash has no inbuilt functionality to ask for confirmation - most every shell script will have some sort custom input function. Feel free to ask any questions here - you tend to get a very quick answer. – new123456 Mar 4 '12 at 23:35

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