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While wanting to start gitg as backgrounded through writing gitg & I accidentally typed gitg ¬. This did not cause an error, instead I got with a later command in the same terminal (translated): [1]+ Finished gitg

I am not sure if the two things were related. Anyway: Does anybody know what <programm> ¬ will do?

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under ¬ you mean symbol or hitting return (enter) – MolbOrg Apr 16 '14 at 14:58
@MolbOrg I mean I accidentally hit the strange ¬ symbol (of cause I send the command with enter, afterwards) – aldorado Apr 16 '14 at 16:09
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In your case it printed previous backgrounded job result

[xxx@host]$ /usr/bin/echo test>/dev/null & <Enter>
[1] 4559
[xxx@host]$ <Enter>
[1]+  Done                    /usr/bin/echo test > /dev/null
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This is correct - at least about what happened the first time - the process was backgrounded and the shell later reported when it quit. – mikeserv Apr 16 '14 at 15:03
@mike actually process is gone long before second enter, which in that case acts like NOP, and after second command bash printed result of previous command. First second - i feel i missing point - can you clear it ?) – MolbOrg Apr 16 '14 at 15:10
His gitg actually did bg is all i was saying. Whether or not that would happen again with the little handgun character i dont know, but it did the first time. – mikeserv Apr 16 '14 at 15:12
@mike yes, sure - exactly) – MolbOrg Apr 16 '14 at 15:13
Actually I repeated the gitg & command after realizing I used the wrong command. So that would be the explanation. Thanks! – aldorado Apr 16 '14 at 16:06

It will do nothing as far as I know. The ¬ will just be treated as an argument to the command:

$ ls ¬
ls: cannot access ¬: No such file or directory
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