Terminal window without tying up input

Running GUI programs such as gconf-editor from a terminal window tie it up, so no other commands can be entered until it is quit. To avoid this, add an ampersand (&) to the end of the line. This makes the program run as a bash background task (known technically as a job), although it will still work fine. For example, to run gconf-editor so it is possible to subsequently use the terminal for further commands, type gedit &.

To see a list of programs you've started in this way, type jobs at the prompt. Remember that the new program will still quit when the terminal window is exited. To get around this, see Tip 300, on page 350.

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