I am using the bash shell. I frequently use nohup to ensure that my processes are not stopped when I close the shell/terminal that started them. I use a syntax like:

nohup myprocess

When starting, nohup gives the message:

nohup: ignoring input and appending output to 'nohup.out'

Then, nohup gives no more output to the screen; it is all written to nohup.out.

Frequently, however, I would like to monitor the progress of my computation. I can do this by reading nohup.out using vi or tail, but this can be time consuming to do a lot, especially when my computations take several hours.

Is there any way that I can print the output to both nohup.out (in case I lose internet connection and thus the terminal that started the process is closed) and to the screen? Thanks for your time.

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    Have you considered using screen or tmux instead of nohup? – derobert Sep 24 '12 at 21:21
  • @derobert Thanks. I have screen on my system, but I have never used it. I don't have tmux on my system, but I can try to get it. – Andrew Sep 24 '12 at 21:38
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    Just launch screen/tmux between logging in and starting myprocess. Then detach from it with prefix,d. screen's prefix is Ctrl-A, while tmux's prefix is Ctrl-B. You can log out but as long as the machine stays up, your screen/tmux session will too. Next time you log in, you can reattach the screen/tmux shell, via screen -r or tmux attach. – jw013 Sep 24 '12 at 21:46

You can run

nohup yourprocess & tail -f nohup.out
  • tail -f is cool, unfortunately mine fails to display control characters properly – Adam Hunyadi May 31 '17 at 10:37


nohup yourprocess 1>&2  | tee nohup.out &

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