batch command in Linux with Examples

batch command is used to read commands from standard input or a specified file and execute them when system load levels permit i.e. when the load average drops below 1.5.

Syntax:

batch

It is important to note that batch does not accepts any parameters.

Other Similar Commands:

  • atq: Used to display the queue of pending jobs(this is because at and batch both uses the same job queue).
  • atrm: Used to remove the specified job from job queue.

Example:

  • Working with the batch command.
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  • Executing some commands using batch.

    • See the average load is lower than 1.5 that’s why the job queue is empty and command executed instantly.
    • Use ctrl +d when done giving commands to batch.


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