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Old 11-28-2004, 04:24 PM   #1
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Should server run text mode?

Im after some advice on running a server. I currently have one running at home, which stays in gnome, offering services like ftp, apache, samba and custom deamons.

Now i figure running a gui on a server isnt very good, performance wise. But, one of the services running is a MUD driver. I can boot the machine into text mode and run the driver there, but once its running nothing else can be done on the machine until you 'ctrl+c' and quit the driver to get the prompt back.

Is this normal behaviour for a server to be running, or should you always have access to the prompt. I suppose there may be another way to fire up the driver without losing the control, but i havent looked too much yet.

Old 11-28-2004, 04:28 PM   #2
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Hehe, fear no more. Help is here.
Once you run the service, you can do it by adding the & character in the end, which tells it to run in the background. Or if you have already run the service and forgot the & character, press CTRL+z and when you are put back in a command line, type bg and press enter.

This second way does the following. CTRL+Z stops the current command. And then the bg command puts it into backgroud. But it is easier to add the & character at the end of the command. However if you forget to do that, use the second way. Pretty handy trick
Old 11-28-2004, 06:15 PM   #3
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Ah great, that makes life easier.

Thanks for the quick reply, i'll work on getting everything going text-only


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