Is it possible to run `Process`es synchronously?

I’m running into concurrency issues when running my linter process asynchronously, and was wondering if there was a way to run shell Process instances synchronously?


There isn’t; Running a Process object synchronously would block JavaScript execution for all extensions, as all extensions for a workspace use a single event queue of operation.


Is there a way to execute a Process (Process B) on completion of another Process (Process A)? Or is it better to just use a Shell Process to do that?

You can start the second process inside of the first process’s onDidExit callback, but that’s a little bit ugly and, if a third process needs to be started, becomes very hard to read.

Instead, I use a function like this one:

function startProcess(location: string, args: string[], cwd?: string) {
	const options = {
	const process = new Process(location, options);
	process.onStdout(line => console.log(line));

	const onExit = new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
		process.onDidExit(status => {
			console.log(`Exited ${location} with code ${status}`);
			const action = status == 0 ? resolve : reject;

	return onExit;

It can be called like this, inside an async function:

await startProcess("/usr/bin/curl", ["https://…", "..."]);
await startProcess("/usr/bin/zip", ["/Users/…"])

If that code were run, the curl process would be started first. Then, after curl exited, the zip process would begin.

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You are awesome my friend. Works beautifully. Thank you!