How can this be achieved in sh (not bash!)?

nohup sh -c 'helper-bcpy.sh "$0" "$1" "$2" "$3"' "$num" "$full_path" "$log" "$log_finished" >/dev/null &

I would have expected it to send the process in background (which it does) and detach it from the terminal (which it doesn't do — if I close the terminal from where I launched the script, helper-bcpy.sh won't fully execute although it seems the time-consuming wget call gets executed correctly...).

I know I could use disown but I need to do this in sh not bash...


# $num $full_path $log $log_finished - computed before from parameters received by the script

nvram set led_disable=1
service restart_leds >/dev/null

nohup sh -c 'helper-bcpy.sh "$0" "$1" "$2" "$3"' "$num" "$full_path" "$log" "$log_finished" >/dev/null &

echo "copy process launched..."
exit 0

helper-bcpy.sh looks like this:


wget -m -np -nH -nv --cut-dirs="$1" "$2" 1>/dev/null 2>"$3"
nvram set led_disable=0
service restart_leds
mv "$3" "$4"

exit 0

I need to make this work on an Asus router that uses the Merlin firmware

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    What is your /bin/sh symlinked to ? Which OS ? Do ls -l /bin/sh . You likely want to use something other, like screen to launch it in background. – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Feb 23 '17 at 18:45
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    Have you tried running the calling script with nohup, instead of using nohup in that script? – Tim Kennedy Feb 23 '17 at 18:47
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    @Serg: sh is symlinked to BusyBox and the system is reported by uname as follows: Linux AC66U #1 Fri Feb 3 00:20:05 EST 2017 mips ASUSWRT-Merlin. I followed your advice and installed screen and I can accomplish my goal this way. – popliviustefan Feb 23 '17 at 23:17
  • @TimKennedy: I also tried what you suggested but obtained the same effect as before: process gets backgrounded but remains attached to the terminal (if I closed it, the script stops). My problem is solved but I'm still wondering why my original solution did not work, as I read that it should have accomplished exactly what I wanted. Thank you both for your suggestions! – popliviustefan Feb 23 '17 at 23:26
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    @tim-kennedy, redirecting stdout and/or stderr is optional, not required. By default they will go to nohup.out – bsd Feb 28 '17 at 19:54
your_program &
disown %1

Works in dash, that is the closest to the POSIX shell that I know.

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