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Old 12-07-2004, 12:31 PM   #1
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Starting program remotely and have them continue to run after the session is ended

I'm trying to kick off a BitTorrent download on my server (in the loft) via ssh and then shutdown my workstation, however when I shutdown my workstation (thus disconnecting the SSH session) the download gets killed. Apart from using using cron or at (which I know will work but can't help feeling there must be a better way) is there a simple way to do this??

Old 12-07-2004, 12:57 PM   #2
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Yes, there is a way. It's called screen.
Screen is a command that runs an instance of your shell. You invoke the command by typing "screen"
After that you start your ssh session (or whatever you want) in the host sever. Now that the download started or the program you want to use is running you "detach" your session from your computer by pressin Ctrl+a and then press d (detach)
You now are free to use your computer in whatever way you need to or log off and go home.
Then from home you can log on and re-attach the session using the command "screen -r".

This is a not well known program (or so it seems) but it does a great job!
I do not know if it is installed in all systems but in my Suse 9.1 pro it is.

Hope this helps.


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Old 12-07-2004, 01:06 PM   #3
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I guess you could run the command with

nohup <command> &


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