I have a complicated mechanism built into my bash environment that requires the execution of a couple scripts when the prompt is generated, but also when the user hits enter to begin processing a command. I'll give an oversimplified description:
The debug trap does this in a fairly limited way: it fires every time a statement is executed.
trap 'echo $BASH_COMMAND' DEBUG # example only
Unfortunately, this means that when I type this:
sleep 1; sleep 2; sleep 3
rather than processing a $BASH_COMMAND that contains the entire line, I get the three sleeps in three different traps. Worse yet:
sleep 1 | sleep 2 | sleep 3
fires all three as the pipe is set up - before sleep 1 even starts executing, the output might lead you to believe that sleep 3 is running.
I need a way to execute a script right at the beginning, processing the entire command, and I'd rather it not fire when the prompt command is run, but I can deal with that if I must.