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 +#$EPIC: wait.txt,v 1.5 2006/08/30 19:28:30 sthalik Exp $
 +__wait__ [for] [%<​process>​]|[-cmd <​command>​] \\
 +__wait__ for =<fd>
 +__WAIT__ is a convenient means for executing a series of commands and
 +ensuring that those commands are run in the desired sequence. ​ The
 +command can make the client wait for the completion of server or
 +subprocess output.
 +Use of __WAIT__ is almost always avoidable, see section Other Notes below.
 +The simplest form is __WAIT__ with no arguments. ​ When run after a server
 +query, the client will not execute further commands (within an alias;
 +does not apply to the input line) until all server output has been
 +If used as /wait for, it will execute the command, and halt until a server
 +reply is detected.
 +When waiting on an [[exec command|EXEC]]ed subprocess, the client will
 +block until the subprocess has completed. ​ This effectively disables the
 +the entire client (and can even cause it to ping timeout from the
 +The last form allows for a series of commands to be executed in no
 +particular order. ​ This is most useful when a particular command needs
 +to be issued, but subsequent commands don't rely on its contents or
 +When waiting on an [[exec command|EXEC]]ed subprocess _with_ a -cmd
 +option, the command will return immediately,​ and the command will be
 +executed when the process finishes. ​ This will be as if the [[exec
 +command|EXEC]] command had been given a -end flag with the same command.
 +__WAIT for =fd__ waits for a [[DCC]] or $[[connect function|connect]]
 +identified by //fd// to be completed.
 +   -cmd <​commands> ​  ​execute the given commands at the end of the alias/exec.
 +To add a header and footer to a channel'​s ban list:
 +      alias banlist {
 +         echo *** Begin ban list for #blah (generated $stime($time()))
 +         mode #blah +b
 +         wait
 +         echo *** End ban list for #blah
 +      }
 +To run a subprocess, and wait before doing anything else:
 +      alias localusers {
 +         echo *** Getting list of local users...
 +         exec -name who who
 +         wait %who
 +         echo *** Finished subshell `who' listing
 +      }
 +The second command will actually finish before the first:
 +      alias backwards {
 +         wait -cmd echo this appears last
 +         echo this appears first
 +      }
 +======Known Issues:​======
 +__WAIT__ turns a non-blocking operation into a blocking one. This
 +is almost always a bad idea, as it prevents the client from doing
 +other things. At best, it is inefficient,​ at worst it can completely
 +lock up the client. Use with care, and avoid if possible.
 +======Other Notes:​======
 +If multiple __WAIT__s are pending at once, they will all return once the last
 +one is completed, to ensure that no data is lost.
 +Using __WAIT__ for server queries is useful. ​ However, there are often times
 +then it is not the most efficient way to do something. ​ When possible,
 +hooking server numerics that marks the end of a message is preferred, as
 +it is generally more reliable.
 +Using __wait__(5) or __wait__(5) __for__ and /​[[redirect]] is a Bad Thing(tm),
 +so don't do it.
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