GNU Parallel - Detecting that a command run in parallel has completed
So I have a situation where I'm running numerous commands with parallel and piping the output to another script that consumes the output. The problem I'm having is that my script that does the processing of output needs to know when a particular command has finished executing.
I'm using the --tag option so that I know what command has generated output but currently I have to wait until parallel is done running all commands before I can know that I'm not going to get anymore output from a particular command. From my understanding of parallel I see the following possible solutions but none really suit me.
I could group the output lines with the --line-buffer option so it
looks like that were ran sequentially. Then whenever I see output
from the next command I know the previous has finished, however
doing it that way slows me up as one command may take 30 seconds to
complete while after it there may 20 other commands that only took
one second and I wish to process them in as close to real-time as
I could wrap my command in a tiny bash script that outputs 'Process
with some ID DONE' to get the notification the command completed. I
don't really like this because I'm running several hundred commands
at a time and don't really want to add all those extra bash
I am really hoping that I'm just missing something in the docs and there is a flag in there to do what I'm looking for.
My understanding is that parallel is implemented in perl, which I'm comfortable with, but would rather not have to add the functionality myself unless its completely necessary.