I have just installed SLC6 (derived from SL6 derived from RHEL6). I can send a running process to the background by hitting Ctrl-Z in the terminal where it was started. However, I can't do it when I started the command with sudo. It used to work seamlessly in SLC5.

Is there any configuration I could do to allow this ?

EDIT This is an example of command I try to run :

[user@pcald02 ~]$ sudo emacs

The Ctrl-Z makes the symbols ^Z appear but nothing else happens. Now I realized that even Ctrl-C is ineffective.

Without sudo :

[user@pcald02 ~]$ emacs
[1]+  Stopped                 emacs
[user@pcald02 ~]$ 
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    Since slm says it works for him on RHEL/CentOS6, you might want to update the post with the actual command that you're trying to run, in case it's something specific to that one command. – Bratchley Jul 2 '13 at 15:58
  • For a new command, instead of an existing command, sudo -b might do what you want... (It does not work if you want to reattach though... For that screen might be the best option...) – Gert van den Berg Nov 2 '16 at 9:33

I'm guessing the real problem here is that the command you are trying to run is Emacs. Running Emacs as root is hardly ever a good idea. Emacs also overrides a number of keystrokes, so C-z might not work simply for that reason. If root is already logged in, emacs might start graphically on root's display. Etc, etc.

Look at using the sudo: method from Tramp for editing files using sudo from Emacs. For example, to edit /etc/motd, do C-x C-f and type the path as /sudo:root@localhost:/etc/motd.


If I'm understanding your question the following worked just fine for me on CentOS 6.4 which I would expect to be very similar to SLC6:

initital command
$ sudo sleep 300
[1]+  Stopped                 sudo sleep 300
$ bg
[1]+ sudo sleep 300 &

$ jobs
[1]+  Running                 sudo sleep 300 &

$ ps -eaf|grep sudo
root     25752 25669  0 09:53 pts/0    00:00:00 sudo sleep 300
sam      25755 25669  0 09:53 pts/0    00:00:00 grep sudo
kill job (Ctrl+C)
$ fg
sudo sleep 300

$ ps -eaf|grep sudo
sam      25758 25669  0 09:53 pts/0    00:00:00 grep sudo
OS Info
$ uname -a
Linux mungr 2.6.32-358.6.1.el6.x86_64 #1 SMP Tue Apr 23 19:29:00 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

$ cat /etc/redhat-release 
CentOS release 6.4 (Final)
  • What is strange is that the ^Z after the initial command does nothing. – Barth Jul 2 '13 at 15:27

CTRL-Z sends signal SIGTSTP to the process.

So the simplest way to do this is:

sudo kill -TSTP <pid>

from another shell.

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