msanti msanti - 4 years ago 1174
Bash Question

Run Multiple Exec Commands in the same shell golang

I'm having trouble figuring out how to run multiple commands using the os/exec package. I've trolled the net and stackoverflow and haven't found anything that works for me case. Here's my source:

package main

import (
_ "bufio"
_ "bytes"
_ "errors"

func main() {
ffmpegFolderName := "ffmpeg-2.8.4"
path, err := filepath.Abs("")
if err != nil {
fmt.Println("Error locating absulte file paths")

folderPath := filepath.Join(path, ffmpegFolderName)

_, err2 := folderExists(folderPath)
if err2 != nil {
fmt.Println("The folder: %s either does not exist or is not in the same directory as make.go", folderPath)
cd := exec.Command("cd", folderPath)
config := exec.Command("./configure", "--disable-yasm")
build := exec.Command("make")

cd_err := cd.Start()
if cd_err != nil {
log.Printf("Waiting for command to finish...")
cd_err = cd.Wait()
log.Printf("Command finished with error: %v", cd_err)

start_err := config.Start()
if start_err != nil {
log.Printf("Waiting for command to finish...")
start_err = config.Wait()
log.Printf("Command finished with error: %v", start_err)

build_err := build.Start()
if build_err != nil {
log.Printf("Waiting for command to finish...")
build_err = build.Wait()
log.Printf("Command finished with error: %v", build_err)


func folderExists(path string) (bool, error) {
_, err := os.Stat(path)
if err == nil {
return true, nil
if os.IsNotExist(err) {
return false, nil
return true, err

I want to the command like I would from terminal.
cd path; ./configure; make

So I need run each command in order and wait for the last command to finish before moving on. With my current version of the code it currently says that
./configure: no such file or directory
I assume that is because cd path executes and in a new shell ./configure executes, instead of being in the same directory from the previous command. Any ideas?
UPDATE I solved the issue by changing the working directory and then executing the ./configure and make command

err = os.Chdir(folderPath)
if err != nil {
fmt.Println("File Path Could not be changed")

Still now i'm curious to know if there is a way to execute commands in the same shell.

Answer Source

If you want to run multiple commands within a single shell instance, you will need to invoke the shell with something like this:

cmd := exec.Command("/bin/sh", "-c", "command1; command2; command3; ...")
err := cmd.Run()

This will get the shell to interpret the given commands. It will also let you execute shell builtins like cd. Note that this can be non-trivial to substitute in user data to these commands in a safe way.

If instead you just want to run a command in a particular directory, you can do that without the shell. You can set the current working directory to execute the command like so:

config := exec.Command("./configure", "--disable-yasm")
config.Dir = folderPath
build := exec.Command("make")
build.Dir = folderPath

... and continue on like you were before.

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