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Running Commands in Background?

Hey… I’m doing so many works sometime, and sometimes it’s not in a way I can use tabs or different shells… Is there a way I can run some commands like upgrading in background?

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amlj [ Editor ]

Just add ‘&’ at the end… Like:

# aptitude dist-upgrade &

Now, the command is running in the background… But remember, it has a lower priority than normal processes.

You can get it back to foreground, if you enter: fg

Hope that helps.

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amlj
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Hey, can someone tell me what’s wrong with this solution? I’m just interested to know… As some seem to not read the replies… Maybe I’m wrong… You can add a comment and tell me what’s wrong..

I’d appreciate it.

linulin
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Your solution does not play well with interactive programs like aptitude. Also, your note about lower priority is nonsense.

amlj
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I don’t think that it’s nonsense… Also, screen is not installed by default… And if you have ever used something other than your home-computer, you’d understand that it’s better to have a minimal system, and work with packages which are installed by default… Screen is not in a min install.

harryxxx
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It’s OK guys… Thank you all… I’ll try out all of ‘em… But I think all the solutions are good. AMLJ’s solutions are usually 'Debianish’ as he says!! xD So he just likes to use tools which are not installed on a minimal installation as little as possible… Screen seems like a great solution too, I mean, from what I see it’s also good. I’ll try all solutions out! Thanks a lot!

amlj
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I’ve found two exceptions so far: 1) less 2) vim Those are the only things I install, even if they are not in the minimal installation. Also, solutions are different… Using this method will work, and I don’t see anything wrong with it. Neither do I see anything wrong with using screen… Also, I simply give solutions the way I think is better… You do the same… In fact, we all do this. If I don’t like a solution, it doesn’t mean it’s wrong/bad/stupid/useless/etc.

rhonda
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How does the “not installed by default” play into the picture of you always telling people the “vim” way to do things? It’s neither in min install?

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