run-parts - run scripts or programs in a directory


run-parts [--test? [--verbose? [--report? [--umask=umask? [--arg=argument? [--help? [--version? directory


run-parts runs a number of scripts or programs found in a single directory directory. Filenames should consist entirely of upper and lower case letters, digits, underscores, and hyphens. Subdirectories of directory and files with other names will be silently ignored.

Scripts must follow the #!/bin/interpretername convention in order to be executed. They will not automatically be executed by /bin/sh.

The files found will be run in the lexical sort order of the filenames.



print the names of the scripts which would be run, but don't actually run them.


print the name of each script to stderr before running.


similiar to --verbose, but only prints the name of scripts which produce output. The script's name is printed to whichever of stdout or stderr the script first produces output on.


Sets the umask to umask before running the scripts. umask should be specified in octal. By default the umask is set to 022.


Pass argument to the scripts. Use --arg once for each argument you want passed.


Specifies that this is the end of the options. Any filename after -- will be not be interpreted as an option even if it starts with a hyphen.


Display usage information and exit.


Display version and copyright and exit.


Copyright (C) 1994 Ian Jackson. Copyright (C) 1996 Jeff Noxon. Copyright (C) 1996,1997,1998 Guy Maor

run-parts is free software; see the GNU General Public Licence version 2 or later for copying conditions. There is no warranty.

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