How to trap a signal in a shell script

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  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • bash


  • Do not want the script to be interrupted by Clt+C (Signal INT), for example scripts to backup databases, can shell script handle such signal?


  • Use the trap "" INT command to ignore the interrupt signal (triggered by Ctrl-c)

    • Additional signals (as reported by kill -l) can be specified
    • Note that SIGINT, INT, and 2 are all equivalent
    • Example:

      trap "" INT TERM
      script code here
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