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How can I close a terminal without killing the command running in it?

Sometimes I want to start a process and forget about it. If I start it from the command line, like this: redshift I can't close the terminal, or it will kill the process. Can I run a command in ...
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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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Modify background jobs and/or notify on job completion post-launch [duplicate]

I would like to be able to somehow modify a running command and/or get notified when a running command completes after it has been started. Normally, when I know a command is going to take a long ...
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How to run ping in background, disconnect from current terminal session and get back the ping process later on from new terminal session? [duplicate]

I want to monitor 2 of edge routers that currently have intermittent issue. I want to monitor their percentage availability using default ping parameter (1 ping per 1 second). If I run the ping ...
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How to know, when a shell command running in the backround getting killed or died

I am running a shell command which is invoking an avconv session. The command is running as a background process. When the script starts executing I am doing a curl post to a url with the created ...
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Running init script which starts a deamon in background for reducing boot time?

I'm looking for ways to speed up the boot time on a single core embedded Linux system. Significant lag happens during start up of some custom daemons. Once they are up, they do run in the background, ...
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How to run a command in background always?

the below command when I run from the terminal will keep posting the output to message.log cf logs broker-analytics > /var/www/cfbrokerlogs/message.log However, if i close my terminal it will ...
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SSH fork kills connection

I am using a linux script which has the task of forwarding control of the system to remote support. In this script one of the commands is a ssh port forward command that will forward the port of the ...
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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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What does “wd” mean?

What does "wd" mean in the following output of an emacs background job? $jobs [3]- Stopped emacs -nw new\ file (wd: ~/dirlinks/cs/computer_system/composition/hardware)
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why jobs doesn't list commands from script

I have a script that runs some programs in the background, but after running it, they are not listed by the command 'jobs'. Why is this? (./m_prog -t m_prog1 m_config) & (./m_prog -t m_prog2 ...
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What is the difference between letting nohup append to 'nohup.out' and explicitly redirecting it to a file?

Consider the following scenario: tail.sh: #!/bin/bash tail -f test.txt invoke.sh: #!/bin/bash nohup ./tail.sh & invoke_explicitredirect.sh: #!/bin/bash nohup ./tail.sh > out.log & ...
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Why does my Python background process end when SSH session is terminated?

I have a bash script that starts up a python3 script (let's call it startup.sh), with the key line: nohup python3 -u <script> & When I ssh in directly and call this script, the python ...
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What is Best Practice for running PHP in background?

When running the following on the command line it will be suspended until I issue the fg command: /usr/bin/php -r 'phpinfo();' & This is the case regardless if the PHP code is contained in a ...
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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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Right way of running a root task/program at background

I'm writing a program that needs to run at the background as root. (for any user) To do this I used the /etc/rc.local file. And it seems to work. The problem that I am experiencing is, when a ...
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Run a GUI application in background and reconnect later [duplicate]

Is there a way to run a Gui application (X11) in background so that if I disconnect, I can resume the running app again? I am using SmarTTY on windows to connect to remote CentOS. When I run a Gui ...
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Process id of a command ran by an user

Consider i am running just some basic command.. ls Now would the above command have a pid, when it was getting executed? If yes, then how can i determine that pid? when i try echo $! right ...
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How to run “&” operation sequentially

From my script I am running following commands: SCRIPT_1="ksh -x script1.sh & ksh -x script2.sh"; SCRIPT_2="ksh -x script3.sh & ksh -x script4.sh"; eval $SCRIPT_1; sleep 20s; eval ...
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Interactive shell in background inside another shell script

I have some problems when trying to run an interactive sh session inside a shell script. The inner sh process uses all the CPU and never terminates. To reproduce the issue simply create a file named ...
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Echoing progress from a background process without hijacking prompt

Consider the simple script hello: #!/bin/bash echo 'hello world!' Now from bash if I try to run this in the background: $ hello & [1] 12345 $ hello world! █ <--- prompt is stuck here until ...
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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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Creating background process and communicating with it

1st thing off, I am really a Linux newbie - knowing just some basics; there's a great chance I didn't know what I need to look for, please redirect me if you know a good source. What I'm trying to do ...
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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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Calling multiple bash scripts and running them in parallel, not in sequence

Suppose that I have three (or more) bash scripts: script1.sh, script2.sh, and script3.sh. I would like to call all three of these scripts and run them in parallel. One way to do this is to just ...
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Store stdout in variable and send command to background

I have a command in a bash script which I want to capture the output of and then send it to the background. How do I get this done? The following doesn't seem to work (it keeps blocking and outputs ...
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Using semicolon to separate a background job from the following one? [duplicate]

Can we use semicolon to separate a background job from the following one? $ nohup evince tmp1.pdf &; nohup evince tmp.pdf & bash: syntax error near unexpected token `;'
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how to run rm in background in terminal

I have the following command to delete files in a folder that are 15 days or older: find /var/www/App/app/var/sessions* -mtime +15 -exec rm {} \; what is the best way to speed this up and run it ...
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When I run `./command.sh &` the background task is suspended. How can I keep it running?

This is what I'm running: alexandma@ALEXANDMA-1-MBP ./command.sh & [2] 30374 alexandma@ALEXANDMA-1-MBP [2] + suspended (tty output) ./command.sh I don't want it suspended to start, I want it ...
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Background a process and execute something with one command

Probably it would be easier to do just with a script, but I wonder why can't I do that with one command. What I have tried so far: $ (ls >/dev/null &) && echo $! 3135 $ (ls ...
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How to launch «gdbserver» in background?

I am communicating with a device via a serial port, and for I am launched «gdbserver» (like gdbserver :2345 myapp) it completely blocks the terminal. Neither an ampersand & symbol, nor ^z ...
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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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Start a background process from a script and manage it when the script ends

I'd like to run and configure a process similarly to a daemon from a script. My shell is zsh emulated under Cygwin and the daemon is SFK, a basic FTP server. For what matters here, the script ...
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What is/are the advantage(s) of running applications in backgound?

I really don't know what are the advantages of running applications in the background. Something like Application & via command line. Why exactly do we run applications in background and when ...
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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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Can't spawn backgrounded process

My team's using Pallet (think Puppet in Clojure) to automate server provisioning, but running into a fairly fundamental problem: Pallet can execute arbitrary scripts directly on target VMs, but if one ...
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Open a program (VLC) and move it to the foreground

On a Mac, specifically, when I use the VLC command line to open a video file, it opens in the background by default. How can I instead move it to the foreground whenever I run the command to open a ...
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How to return a background task to be in the foreground?

Well, the title does not say much, but I would like to know how to stop a running process after appending it with &. For example, I would like to install software foo. Now, assume, foo has many ...
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Interacting with a running interactive console program from a different process

I have a console program with an interactive shell, similar to say, the Python interactive shell. Is there an easy way to start this interactive program A and then use another program B to run A? I ...
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How to get process id of a command

We are running some command in batch mode. We need to do some more tasks once the existing command is done, so we need to wait until this command is done. For example: bsub -q gui -I calibre -drc ...
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Adding wallpapers in GNOME Shell

When executing Activities → Settings → Background, you can find three background tabs: [Wallpapers] [Pictures] [Colors] In [Wallpapers] you can find backgrounds under /usr/share/backgrounds/, but ...
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Background Process not running?

I ran a C program with an infinite while loop in a terminal and observed one of the CPU cores shot to 100% usage. When I turn it into a background process using Ctrl+z, the CPU usage suddenly dipped ...
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Trying to achieve fake transparency in Urxvt - can only get a black background?

I'm trying to achieve a (fake) transparent gray background in my URxvt (rvxt-unicode) terminal emulator. Doing this using composite transparency works as it should, but I can't get it to work using ...
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Explanation for background tasks on bash

First, I write a simple PHP script <?php while(true) { echo 'hey'.PHP_EOL; sleep(1); } Then I run it like: php test.php & Obviously goes into background, but keeps running and ...
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Can I start a background process with a specific working directory?

Say I have this structure /masterscript /a/script1 /a/b/script2 In masterscript I spawn the other scripts as background processes: "/a/script1" & "/a/b/script2" & The problem is that ...
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How to make the process run after closing the session [duplicate]

I have started a process in Linux without a terminal multiplexer like screen or tmux, without nohup. Now I want to logout from my remote ssh session without interrupting the execution of that process. ...
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Call background process back to stdout

Is it possible to "call" a background process output to be shown in the terminal? Example: cron starts apt-get to update the system and I want to see the output of apt-get
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How do I execute in background / return early?

For reference, I'm using phpseclib to control a remote SSH server using the 'root' account. I have to start/stop a java process which is ran in the background. Stopping works fine with killall java ...
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How can I run `watch` as a background job?

When I run: watch 'cmd >> output.txt' & the job gets suspended by the system: 3569 Stopped (tty output) Is there a workaround?
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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: ...