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Old 09-01-2004, 02:46 PM   #1
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Keeping a process running after shell logout

Is it possible to start a process and keep it running even after logging out of a remote shell? I'd like to login remotely, start an FTP download onto the machine, and then log out remotely, with the file transfer continuing. Is there a way to do this?

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Old 09-01-2004, 03:00 PM   #2
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Im not sure if screen works with ftp, but, for example, if you wanted to run a python script called '' you would use:

screen python

it would run, the once you want to logout, use

ctrl+a ctrl+d

to get out of it.

man screen
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"command"& --without quotes
Old 09-01-2004, 03:28 PM   #4
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The & will put it into the background, but it still dies when you log out, to stop that, use:

nohup <command> &

This will put the process in the background and tell it to ignore the terminal hangup when you log out.
Old 09-01-2004, 04:16 PM   #5
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Lightbulb Try this

I THINK that if you put an ampersand (&) at the end it puts it in the background, so you can at least continue using the shell while its running, I am not positive if it will continue to run in the background after you log out.

EDIT: I should have refreshed the thread before replying. . .

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