Bash – Waiting for network link to be up before continuing in bash


Is there a way to check for successful network interface link for multiple interfaces in a bash script before continuing?

Something like:

eth0 eth1 eth2 eth3 network interfaces are brought up
Wait for link detection on all 4 interfaces

Best Solution

You can check if the network interfaces' names appear after running ifconfig -s.

Something like:

if [ $( ifconfig -s | grep eth0 ) ]; then echo "eth0 is up!"

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To make this test ongoing, you can do something like what @jm666 said:

while ! ping -c 1 -W 1; do
    echo "Waiting for - network interface might be down..."
    sleep 1
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