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How to terminate a background process in Linux when the pid is unknown?

I have a job dispatcher bash shell script containing below codes: for (( i=0; i<$toBeDoneNum; i=i+1 )) do while true do processNum=`ps aux | grep Checking | wc -l` ...
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How to make sure that a command is not interrupted, even if terminal is closed? [duplicate]

In Linux. Say I want to run a command and it takes too long. I just want to ensure it's done. How?
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Python script run while screen is locked

I have a python script which seems to be failing to continue running its while True: ... sleep() loop my code is at http://github.com/xdaimon/xdaimonConky What happens is I autostart python on ...
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How to stop a background process?

I have started a wget on remote machine in background using &. Suddenly it stops downloading. I want to stop its process, then start it again. How can I stop it? I haven't close its shell window. ...
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Run a command without making me wait

On the CLI, sometimes a command I type takes a while to complete, and sometimes I know when that's about to happen. I'm a bit confused on "backgrounding" and such in Linux. What is the most common ...
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Dialog - Continue in background

I installed this program: http://invisible-island.net/dialog/dialog.html Now I want to use this dialog: http://invisible-island.net/dialog/dialog-figures.html#demo_gauge dialog --gauge 'Checking ...
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Opening Firefox from terminal [duplicate]

When I type firefox in terminal, it starts Firefox but the terminal "hangs". What is happening behind the scenes? Can I open Firefox from terminal and keep on using the same terminal tab for other ...
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What's the difference between && and ; when forking sleep to background?

I have just asked a question about forking a process to sleep in the backgroud. The notation I came up with myself looks like this: sleep 10 && echo "hello world" & This answer to a ...
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Difference between process in background and daemon [duplicate]

What is technically the difference of a process that started in foreground and was manually put into background and a daemon? Do they have different properties?
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What is “Exit 2” from finished background job status?

I have an exercise to put in a file some data (*conf from some directories) and need to do this in background. I did it and I am wondering what is the meaning of output messages: [A@localhost tests]$ ...
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Can't set background wallpaper in Gnome 3

I am using Debian Testing and Gnome Flashback (but it behaves the same in standard Gnome Shell). It gives me plain white background, and I can't set my own. Also, the settings dialog for background ...
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How to start a program in the background

The program Boblight does not run in background. There is no noticeable difference between executing sudo boblightd and sudo boblightd& How can I solve this problem that the console will ...
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ssh targetHost &; fg - does not work, but why?

I was trying the following combination in order to get the pid of the ssh session (running in the background displays the pid) and than fg to get back to the ssh session and introduce the password: ...
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Wait command usage in Linux?

#!/bin/bash function back() { sleep $1 exit $2 } back $1 $2 & b=$! if `wait $!`;then echo success else echo failure fi bash-3.00# ./back 300 0 failure bash-3.00# ./back 300 1 ...
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“nohup sudo …” does not prompt for passwd and does nothing

When I run nohup sudo myscript.sh & I only get something like [1] 1220 in return and do not get prompted for a password. The process does not start either. I want to run this script in the ...
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bash: Run command in background and capture pid [duplicate]

Am writing a bash 4.1 script... Would like run another script (or internal function) in the background... And capture the pid of that background job in a variable in the foreground script... If the ...
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How to background a command chain?

I want to background a command chain like cp a b && mv b c && rm a. I have tried doing cp a b && mv b c && rm a & but this only backgrounds the last process. How ...
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How to customize a backend running job completion message?

Here is the situation, I am running a command (my own executives), in bash shell (Ubuntu), say something like this: [newbie@office currentCaseAFolder]$ FEMSolver & So that the FEMSolver job is ...
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How to bring back SSH session that was started with the -f option (run in background)

I'm pretty lost on this. From the man page: -f Requests ssh to go to background just before command execution. After starting SSH with the -f option, I have a working tunnel. But after I ...
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How and where can I permanently set $ program file to have extra argument '&'

When I run a program from terminal like so: $ program file For example $ gedit myfile.txt I cannot think of a time when I would not prefer to use '&' so that I can free up my terminal ...
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How to send to background a running process started with sudo?

I have just installed SLC6 (derived from SL6 derived from RHEL6). I can send a running process to the background by hitting Ctrl-Z in the terminal where it was started. However, I can't do it when I ...
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Background Tasks on Multicore machine?

Say I have a dual core cpu running linux. If I start two single threaded processes (nodejs) in the background, how are they scheduled? Can I assume that the OS will as best as it can, attempt to ...
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How to run ssh -t user@remote 'sudo nohup bash -c “comand”' in background

I want to run a script on a remote host with sudo privilege, someone suggests that I should use nohup and ssh -t, like the following command: The script ls; sleep 10; echo finish is crafted here to ...
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RedHat / CentOS 5.5 background process has restricted memory

I run Fisheye that uses Java for Linux. Settings go like this: generate options FISHEYE_OPTS=`$JAVACMD -Xms100m -Xmx200m -cp $FISHEYE_HOME/fisheyeboot.jar com.cenqua.fisheye.boot.OptsSetter` build ...
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background process pipe-input

if i want to display "aaa" on screen: (1)$: echo aaa | cat ... works OK (2)$: echo aaa | ( cat ) ... works OK (3)$: echo aaa | ( cat & ) ... NOT working ...
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How do you send command line apps directly to the background?

I already know that pressing ctrl+z stops the app, then I can send the app to background with the bg command, but that means there is a brief preiod of time that the app is stopped. How do I send the ...
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How to know if a background job is finished?

I invoke a script (do_something) in background via another script (do_manythings) as below. nohup do_something & How would I know in the parent script (do_manythings) that the job invoked ...
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Running multiple nohup commands in background

Got two commands cmd1 and cmd2. Of the two, cmd2 takes longer to finish. Need to run cmd2 and then cmd1. Tried to run them in following way: bash$ (nohup ./cmd2>result2 &) && nohup ...
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Where to put a background script

I have a script that i want to be constantly running in the background but I don't know where to launch it from If I put it in .bashrc it will run multiple times (one for each login) It's an ...
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How to wait for a subprocess used for I/O redirection?

Consider the following snippet of Bash script: exec 3> >(sleep 1; echo "$BASHPID: here") do-something-interesting exec 3>&- wait $! echo "$BASHPID: there" When executed, it produces: ...
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Is there a way to temporarily change the terminal colour?

I use the gnome-terminal and most of my editors with a white on black theme as I find its easier on the eyes. One of my labs requires screenshots of the terminal (with the process) to be submitted ...
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Ksh Script to ftp multiple directories simultaneously

I'm new to this site and i have this problem: I have a directory in unix with multiple directories in it. Each directory have around 5k files in it. So we are talking about 40k to 50k files. I need ...
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How to ensure a process has started reading a file before continuing?

I'm trying to write a command to test that data is written to a file. My first approach was: Start reading in the background. Write some data to the file. Wait for the reader to find a result. ...
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Bash script needed to run every second

I have a few cleanup commands to run for my datacaching scheme. I was thinking a bash script would be an easy way to check if the full clean up job needed to be run. But the cache is very time ...
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Application in terminal still running but not directly accessible [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to suspend and bring a background process to foreground I have kind of an odd problem which I haven't encountered before. Here's what I did: I started an ...
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run a remote process via autossh in background

In Ubuntu I'm trying to run the geany editor on my local X display via the command: autossh -o StrictHostKeyChecking=false -XCg me@otherDYNDNShost geany & Trouble is, after the first ...
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Why does “su -c <command> &” seemingly allow a command to run in the background without hanging up

I was helping a colleague who was having problems with a background process intermittently dying. I found out that they were starting the background process by logging in to the server and executing: ...
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why there is random behaviuor for a background job?

going through advanced bash scripting guide example 3.3 running a loop in background, i found this : #!/bin/bash # background-loop.sh for i in 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 # First loop. do echo -n "$i " done ...
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What's the difference between running a program as a daemon and forking it into background with '&'?

What are the practical differences from a sysadmin point of view when deploying services on a unix based system?
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Is there any way to let it snow on my linux mint destkop?

I want snow fall on my desktop really badly. Tried Xsnow (with Mate/Marco, Mate/Compiz and KDE/Kwin) but doesn't work. Snow plugin for Compiz doesn't work anymore either. Snow feature of KDE was ...
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is it possible to run job in foreground after user logout

I have some job to run which need be attached to terminal (or in foreground). The job is run in remote servers, and needs keep running after the users logout. I am aware of vnc server, however, I want ...
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How does sh -e interact with &?

I'm using sh (dash) on Ubuntu (lucid) and the manpage has this to say about -e: -e errexit If not interactive, exit immediately if any untested command fails. ...
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How to recover a backgrounded job from a previous shell? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I disown a running process and associate it to a new screen shell? I launched a command that lasts a long time. I had to disconnect so I moved it in the ...
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Hard drive writes freezing up Gnome

I'm currently running Debian 6.0.5 on my white Macbook 2008 (4,1) and have recently noticed that when I download, move, or decompress a file, Gnome freezes up completely for at least 20 seconds. These ...
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Run program after finish ssh connection

How do I connect to ssh debian and running a program and let it continue to run after you finish my connection through ssh.
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is there something like a per-user daemon?

I need to run some background processes that live as long as I am logged in with a certain user. Does there exist something like a per-user daemon? I know only of global daemons that live from ...
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Have bash script wait for password

I want to write a little script which sets up a socks proxy via ssh and then starts a browser using that proxy. #!/bin/bash ssh -D 1234 user@host #& chromium-browser ...
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Bash wait for jobs and limit job count [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Four tasks in parallel… how do I do that? Suppose a loop invoking a command grep -v '#' < files.m3u | sed 's/\\\\/\/\//g' | sed 's/\\/\//g' | while read line ...
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How to suspend and bring a background process to foreground

I have a process originally running in the foreground. I suspended by Ctrl+Z, and then resume its running in the background by bg <jobid>. I wonder how to suspend a process running in the ...
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How to do nothing forever in an elegant way?

I have a program which produces useful information on stdout but also reads from stdin. I want to redirect its standard output to a file without providing anything on standard input. So far, so good: ...