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Linux Shell Scripting Essentials

By : Sinny Kumari, Khem Raj
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Linux Shell Scripting Essentials

By: Sinny Kumari, Khem Raj

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Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Linux Shell Scripting Essentials
About the Author
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Task management

When an application runs, it is possible that it will run for a long period of time or run until the computer shuts down. While running an application in a shell, we know that a shell prompt only comes back when running a program in the shell completes successfully or terminates due to some error. Unless we get a shell prompt back, we can't run another command in the same shell. We can't even close that shell because it will close the running process.

Also, to run another application, we will have to open another shell in a new terminal and then run it. It can become difficult and tedious to manage if we have to run a lot of tasks. Shells provide ways to run a task in the background and suspend, kill, or move back in the foreground.

Running tasks in the background

A task can be started as a background in a shell by appending an ampersand (&).

For example, we want to search for a string in the entire filesystem. Depending upon the filesystem's size and the number of files...