What is the faster way to launch any GUI program from the terminal without waiting for its completion and stdout / stderr logging? Now I'm using

"program_name >/dev/null 2>&1 &

but it's too long to type it every time. I'm new to the Linux world but I think that it's should resolved via small bash script, right?


You can create following script:

"$@" >/dev/null 2>&1 &

Save as for example 'gui'. Next, allow to execute:

chmod +x gui

Copy to /usr/bin

# cp gui /usr/local/bin

Be happy of typing

gui program_name


  • You should use eval "$@" ..., this is safer than "$@" on its own (see stackoverflow.com/questions/11079342/…). Also /usr/local/bin` is a safer place than /usr/bin. – Graeme Feb 1 '14 at 15:58
  • If you use install instead of cp, this will add 755 permissions by default, no need for chmod. – Graeme Feb 1 '14 at 16:01

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