Parellel processing in Bash

The command line has been the primary interface for Unixes for over 40 years now. It’s design is reminiscent of it’s terminal roots, and it has remained much the same in form and function for decades now.

The terminal, or shell (as we will call it), is batch oriented, i.e: it runs one command at time. But that’s just one part of it. The shell also supports parellel processing, i.e the ability to run multiple commands, asynchronously from a single script. Parellel processing is an old problem and is supported in various ways. In this article I will explore some solutions in BASH , the ubiquitous shell on Unixes, and talk about the pros and cons of each.
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