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Old 11-03-2005, 08:42 AM   #1
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How do I launch a prog from console....

Hello, how do I launch a program from console, leaving it open while closing the console ?
Old 11-03-2005, 08:48 AM   #2
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Is this what you're looking for?

exec ${MY_PROGRAM}
I'm afraid I'm not entirely sure what you're after ... presumably this is from within X?

- Piete
Old 11-03-2005, 08:50 AM   #3
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You have some possibilities :

- use nohup command like :
nohup <your command>
(man nohup for more infos)

- use screen tool
look at the many tutorials in the web like :

Now, there are surelly other way depending on what your program is
Old 11-03-2005, 09:35 AM   #4
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I think he wants to be able to open a program from the console in X.

& is what you're looking for.

"firefox &" will allow you to open firefox from a shell but when the shell closes it does not close firefox.
Of course firefox is just an example, & is the important part.

Note: After issuing a command it may not immediatly return you to the prompt. Hit enter a few times, then you can exit the shell.

P.S. Screen is an awesome utility, so I'll give that an honorable mention.
Old 11-03-2005, 10:33 AM   #5
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Thank you all guys for your answers and sorry if I weren't precise enough. The solution I was lookin for is that one offered by username17 & keefaz
Prob was that maybe I didn't wait enough after pressing &, so the shell closed with the application.


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