Run a Command or Shell-Script Even after You Logout

Posted: February 20, 2012 in Unix

When you execute a Unix job in the background ( using &, bg command), and logout from the session, your process will get killed. You can avoid this using several methods — executing the job with nohup, or making it as batch job using at, batch or cron command.

This quick tip is for beginners. If you’ve been using nohup for a while, leave us a comment and tell us under what situations you use nohup.

In this quick tip, let us review how to make your process running even after you logout, using nohup.

Nohup stands for no hang up, which can be executed as shown below.

nohup syntax:

# nohup command-with-options &

Nohup is very helpful when you have to execute a shell-script or command that take a long time to finish. In that case, you don’t want to be connected to the shell and waiting for the command to complete. Instead, execute it with nohup, exit the shell and continue with your other work.

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