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starkid 03-31-2012 01:55 PM

What is This Command?!
 
What is the option I can use when I'm starting an application from the command line but want to continue to be able to type other things at the command line while it is running?

repo 03-31-2012 01:57 PM

use
Code:

&
to start it in the background

Kind regards

colucix 03-31-2012 02:04 PM

As repo said. You may want to check documentation: http://linuxcommand.org/lts0080.php.

starkid 03-31-2012 02:05 PM

oh satan bless you. I was on the road to insanity

sycamorex 03-31-2012 02:11 PM

Just to elaborate on repo's response, you need to place the ampersand after the name of a program, eg:

Code:

inkscape &

SharpyWarpy 03-31-2012 03:35 PM

If you're in run level 5 -- GUI, KDE, Gnome, etc -- you can right click in the terminal window and click "Open Tab" and switch back and forth between tabs with "Alt-1" and "Alt-2" or just click on the appropriate tab. Or the ampersand might be better, it just depends on what you're doing. Nice to know there are options. :)


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