Detach running process?

Scott Henson scotth at
Sun May 15 22:33:27 UTC 2005

On Sun, 2005-05-15 at 17:16 +0200, Erik Bågfors wrote:
> Depends on how you define "detach".
> Perhaps ctrl-z followed by "bg" is what you are looking for.  Just
> remember that that process is still attached to your tty. So if you
> kill it, you kill the process.

Not entirely true.  After you bg(or background) a process, you can
disown it, by typing disown right after you type bg.  Or disown will
take a shell pid(its always %n where n is the number of processes
running under the shell).  I think it will also take system pids, but
I'm not sure.  man disown for more info on it.  

> Screen is great for this kind of stuff.

Yes, screen is absolutely fantastic.  Any machine I work on must have
screen installed or I tear out my eyes.  

Scott Henson <scotth at>
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