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Old 11-06-2003, 05:19 AM   #1
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Running a script in background on a remote machine

Hi everyone

I have had some troubles with windows machines not being able to see how much space is left on the samba shares.

I have made this little script, which makes a text file containing the space free on the drives.

while true; do
df -H > "/mnt/hdd/freespace.txt";
sleep 10s;

I login via ssh and start the script: ./diskfree &

The script works fine, but when i log out from ssh, the terminal just hangs. And after a while the diskfree program also stops (checked via another ssh connection).

Is there some other way I should run this script on the server?
Old 11-06-2003, 06:25 AM   #2
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Try nohup command.

nohup you_script
Old 11-06-2003, 07:44 AM   #3
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man screen

screen ./diskfree

To detach from current session you would hit ctrl+a then ctrl+d. Now you can logout of your current ssh session (Yes, you
should be using ssh to connect to a remote server, NOT TELNET!!!)
To re-claim the screen sessoin you would ssh back into your server then hit screen -r
Old 11-06-2003, 10:08 AM   #4
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Talking Thank you for your answers

I tried to search for the nohup on google, and I found this command which works

nohup ./ < /dev/null > somefile 2>&1 &

The server runs a small version of debian, which is just a few MB, so it doesn't have th screen. Maybe it would be an idea to download it and try it too


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