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Old 07-15-2003, 10:54 AM   #1
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Orphan Processes

I've been looking around for this and I can't seem to find the answer.

I have a long running process that I send into the background when I start it with the &

I close my session and the process continues running the way I want it to. However, when I log in again the process is now an orphan. How do I regain control of that process again so I can have access to it again?

I checked all the manuals I can find on process management. I even found a command that forces a process to be disowned from... me. But there's nothing on regaining control of such a process.

Is this done to protect running processes started by other users from being meddled with? That's the only reason I can think of for not being able to find any commands to regain control of an orphan process.


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