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;);}
Displays an animated hourglass for x amount of seconds
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By: AskApache
2012-06-21 05:40:22

What Others Think

Habitual · 400 weeks and 6 days ago
good one.
Habitual · 400 weeks and 6 days ago
Could you explain the command ? I pasted it on my bash terminal, nothing happened.
ankush108 · 400 weeks and 2 days ago
after pasting the above command, enter: hourglass $int where $int can be any positive integer.
capncanuck · 400 weeks and 1 day 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.
unixmonkey37135 · 400 weeks ago
like this!!!!!
gudie · 399 weeks and 6 days 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
AskApache · 394 weeks and 6 days ago

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