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Utility to check the exit code of an command to be used within a shell command
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Luzifer / waitfor

waitfor is a small utility to check the exit code of an command to be used within a shell command.


$ waitfor --help
Usage of waitfor:
  -i, --check-interval duration    How long to wait after an unsuccessful check (default 1s)
  -c, --command-timeout duration   Stop the command execution after this time
      --log-level string           Log level (debug, info, warn, error, fatal) (default "info")
  -s, --shell string               Shell to execute with the given command (must accept -c flag) (default "/bin/bash")
      --version                    Prints current version and exits
  -w, --wait-timeout duration      Stop waiting for the command after this time

When a wait-timeout is specified and the check command did not exit with status code 0 before the timeout is reached waitfor will exit with status 1. This ensures a shell command connected with && is not executed afterwards.


  • Wait for the VPN connection to be available before executing a command using it

    $ waitfor 'ip a | grep 10.123.0' && echo "VPN connected"
  • Ensure you are online before executing a curl command

    $ waitfor -- ping -c 1 && curl ...
  • Wait at most 5m for a file to appear before accessing it

    $ waitfor -w 5m -- ls myfile && cat myfile