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Old 03-31-2012, 01:55 PM   #1
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Question 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?
 
Old 03-31-2012, 01:57 PM   #2
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use
Code:
&
to start it in the background

Kind regards
 
Old 03-31-2012, 02:04 PM   #3
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As repo said. You may want to check documentation: http://linuxcommand.org/lts0080.php.
 
Old 03-31-2012, 02:05 PM   #4
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oh satan bless you. I was on the road to insanity
 
Old 03-31-2012, 02:11 PM   #5
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Just to elaborate on repo's response, you need to place the ampersand after the name of a program, eg:

Code:
inkscape &
 
Old 03-31-2012, 03:35 PM   #6
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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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