I was wondering of there is any method to start a new process or a program from one terminal into other.

What I mean is: Let's say I have to run gedit abc.txt, but I don't want it to block my current terminal window.

Is there a way I can run gedit from one terminal into other terminal window? Or can I use gedit without blocking the current terminal?

3 Answers 3


Run gedit as:

gedit file.txt &

The & at the end will cause the process to run in background and you will be able to use the current terminal interactively again.

  • It is the recommended solution +1 Apr 14, 2015 at 11:10
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    Problematic when the terminal is closed.
    – A.B.
    Apr 14, 2015 at 11:12
  • @A.B.: yes, but in this context this is all right as OP mentioned without blocking current terminal, which i think just mean that the Op can use terminal interactively again..
    – heemayl
    Apr 14, 2015 at 11:13
  • @heemayl Yes, alright, I just wanted to point out.
    – A.B.
    Apr 14, 2015 at 11:14

You can use this command:

gedit abc.txt & disown


In the bash shell, the disown builtin command is used to remove jobs from the job table, or to mark jobs so that a SIGHUP signal is not sent to them if the parent shell receives it (e.g. if the user logs out).


You can use the ability to run in background.

To do it just put & at the end of your command. for example:

$ gedit example.txt &

 [1] 12642

To list all processes in the background use the job command.

 $ jobs

[1]+  Running                 gedit example.txt &

To bring the process to foreground again use the fg command:

$ fg %1

gedit example.txt

where %1 represent the first process in the background. %x means the x process.

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