To open a file to edit in gedit I run gedit sample.py &. But with Sublime Text it is simply subl sample.py. This opens the file to edit and it doesn't run in the background (in my shell).

How would I do that with gedit?

I tried exec /usr/bin/gedit "$@" (copied from /usr/bin/subl) but it works like gedit &.

Or alias ged="gedit $file &" should do. What can I substitute $file in the alias?

  • How did you install sublime?
    – Wilf
    Jul 11, 2015 at 10:17
  • @Wilf using apt-get add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/sublime-text-3 apt-get install sublime-text-installer Jul 11, 2015 at 10:19
  • Aliases don't take parameters, apart from that your alias doesn't have a closing double quote (or is that a typo)
    – Anthon
    Jul 11, 2015 at 10:26
  • that was a typo.. Jul 11, 2015 at 10:29
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    I open lot of files at times. Shell gets messy and I don't want to type & or sometimes I forget to do that. And reaching shift+7 takes some time you know :-) Jul 11, 2015 at 16:40

2 Answers 2


You could use this function:

gedit() { /usr/bin/gedit $@ & disown ;}


  • Makes a function which can be called with gedit
  • Launches gedit (using the full path /usr/bin/gedit), passing all the arguments/files given to it using $@
  • & disown sends it to background and disown detaches it from the terminal/shell.
  • It works, great Jul 11, 2015 at 10:32
  • ok :) you can add it to ~/.bashrc, ~/.bash_aliases or something if you want it to load into bash when it starts. Sorry I don't know how sublime text launches to the background as it looks like it is compiled, and as it isn't open source you can't guess from the source code.
    – Wilf
    Jul 11, 2015 at 10:34
  • yes added to .bashrc did that in first place :) Jul 11, 2015 at 10:41

If you're on a recent GNOME 3 setup you could also use gapplication1:

gapplication launch org.gnome.gedit sample.py

to launch gedit just like you'd launch it from the dash (detached from terminal).
Sure, you can always define an alias:

alias ged='gapplication launch org.gnome.gedit'

or a function:

ged () { gapplication launch org.gnome.gedit "$@"; }

This only works for D-Bus activatable applications (run gapplication list-apps to get a list of apps).

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