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Terminal - HourGlass
hourglass(){ trap 'tput cnorm' 0 1 2 15 RETURN;local s=$(($SECONDS +$1));(tput civis;while (($SECONDS<$s));do for f in '|' '\' '-' '/';do echo -n "$f";sleep .2s;echo -n $'\b';done;done;);}
2012-06-21 05:40:22
User: AskApache
Functions: echo sleep tput trap

Displays an animated hourglass for x amount of seconds


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Comment by Habitual 148 weeks and 1 day ago

good one.

Comment by Habitual 148 weeks and 1 day ago

Could you explain the command ? I pasted it on my bash terminal, nothing happened.

Comment by ankush108 147 weeks and 4 days ago

after pasting the above command, enter:

hourglass $int

where $int can be any positive integer.

Comment by capncanuck 147 weeks and 3 days ago

I wouldn't call that an "hourglass". I'd call it a "spinner". In Bash and some others which support [[ ]], use this: while (( $SECONDS < s )). You only need one echo if you use a carriage return: echo -en "$f\r"; sleep .2s and you don't really need the double ampersands. Add RETURN to your trap and you won't need the extra tput at the end.

Comment by unixmonkey37135 147 weeks and 2 days ago

like this!!!!!

Comment by gudie 147 weeks and 1 day ago

Awesome advice unixmonkey.. Everything you suggested worked other than the only one echo... the \b in the second echo is what backspaces the first char

Comment by AskApache 142 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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