How to implement "Press any key to continue" in bash?
If you need a pause in your
bash script, like "PAUSE" does in DOS,
you may implement it with
#!/bin/bash read -n 1 -r -s -p "Press any key to continue..." key
-n 1: specifies that it only waits for a single character.
-r: puts it into raw mode, which is necessary because otherwise, if you press something like backslash, it doesn't register until you hit the next key.
-s: Silent mode. If input is coming from a terminal, characters are not echoed.
-p: specifies the prompt, which must be quoted if it contains spaces. The prompt is displayed only if input is coming from a terminal.
key: argument is only necessary if you want to know which key they pressed, in which case you can access it through