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Re: Inter-Shell communication ?

On Mar 8, 11:27am, Sven Wischnowsky wrote:
} jarausch@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
} > is there an elegant technique for one zshell waiting
} > for a different zshell (i.e. running in a different xterm)
} > to complete?

I take it that for some reason you can't simply start the second xterm
from the first shell and wait for the xterm process to exit?

} I can only think of named pipes (`mknod foo p') with `read var <foo' and
} `print go >foo'.
} We really need that generic socket module ;-)

The zpty module can be used for this, if you have zsh-3.1.9 or later.

(Some of you may recognize bits of this from my "zplitty" posting on

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# Load the module
zmodload -i zsh/zpty || return

# Utility functions

zttywait () {
    stty onlret -ocrnl -onlcr   # May need to adjust this for your OS
    read -e

zttyget() {
    setopt localoptions extendedglob noshwordsplit
    zpty $1 zttywait
    zpty -r $1 $1
    : ${(P)1::=${(P)1%%[[:space:]]#}}

# Set up the pty -- this happens in the shell that will do the waiting

zttyget WAITPTY

# Now the parameter $WAITPTY has the name of the device from which the
# waiting zsh will read.  How you propagate this name to the waited-for
# zsh is up to you.  Perhaps write it to a file that's read into a new
# zsh from .zshenv?

# Now we wait.

zpty -r WAITPTY message

# When that wakes up, the other shell has finished.

print -u2 Shell exited: $message

# You can either delete this now, or keep using it for other exchanges.

zpty -d WAITPTY

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# This part happens in the second shell, that is to be waited-for.  This
# assumes that both shells are owned by the same user so they will both
# have write permission on the slave-side of the pty.

TRAPEXIT () { print "All finished here." > $WAITPTY }

# That's it.

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It is possible for the second shell to die without executing the trap, if
it crashes or is hit with "kill -9"; in that case the waiting shell will
have to be woken up with a ctrl-C.

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