Run a command every n seconds in bash shell

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This post was later superseded by watch, and while true; do $thing; sleep 1; done

Bash run a command every n seconds

# Save this file at e.g. /usr/bin/shevery


if [ -z "$1" ]; then
  >&2 echo "Missing command to run"
  exit 1

while true; do
  # Run command
  sleep $INTERVAL


$ shevery date
Fri Feb 24 10:25:45 CET 2017
Fri Feb 24 10:25:46 CET 2017
Fri Feb 24 10:25:47 CET 2017
Fri Feb 24 10:25:48 CET 2017
Fri Feb 24 10:25:49 CET 2017

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