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Old 02-18-2005, 11:30 PM   #1
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how to connect forked process to a specific terminal


I'm looking to connect a running forked and/or backgrounded process to a terminal of my choice, whether than be tty1 or a specific xterm window.

Here's an example of my situation. I've started quark (the music player) with
$ quark &
So it's in the background. Then I closed that xterm window, so I can't use the fg command to get it back into a terminal to see its output.

Any ideas/suggestions for me to try?

Old 02-19-2005, 01:50 AM   #2
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'screen' may be a way you can do it.

$ screen
(screen starts in a new shell)

you can then start you commands (you wouldn't have to background them necessarily).

When you kill the xterm (or preferably detach screen), you can reattach from another terminal with:

$ screen -r
And it's as if you never left.

Screen has many options (for example; you could have it run the program directly rather than from a new shell), see the man page.

If you are the type to just dive right in this key command could save your bacon:

<ctrl-a> '?'

(first ctrl-a then a question mark - this brings up the key bindings for screens' commands; Which all start with <ctrl-a>)

screen is a wonderful program!
enjoy ...
Old 02-22-2005, 04:17 AM   #3
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