For people who live life in the parallel lane.
If you use xargs and tee today you will find GNU parallel very easy to use as GNU parallel is written to have the same options as xargs. If you write loops in shell, you will find GNU parallel may be able to replace most of the loops and make them run faster by running several jobs in parallel.
GNU parallel makes sure output from the commands is the same output as you would get had you run the commands sequentially. This makes it possible to use output from GNU parallel as input for other programs.
For each line of input GNU parallel will execute command with the line as arguments. If no command is given, the line of input is executed. Several lines will be run in parallel. GNU parallel can often be used as a substitute for xargs or cat | bash.
GNU parallel can be found on the main GNU ftp server: http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/parallel/ (via HTTP) and ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/parallel/ (via FTP). It can also be found on the GNU mirrors; please use a mirror if possible.
Official packages exist for:
Community maintained packages:
Just like other GNU software GNU parallel has documentation available online:
Some short videos displaying the most common usage are available at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL284C9FF2488BC6D1.
The history of GNU parallel can be found at http://www.gnu.org/software/parallel/history.html.
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GNU parallel is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
When using GNU parallel for a publication please cite:
O. Tange (2011): GNU Parallel - The Command-Line Power Tool, ;login: The USENIX Magazine, February 2011:42-47.
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