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I am trying to do

[me@myPc]$ ssh me@server "nohup myBashScript.sh &"

My goal is to launch the process on the server, and then immediately return.

It is not working: The job is started on server, but I still get the output on myPc and bash wait for completion prior to asking me for another command.

Why ? It's not supposed to ! Any way to avoid that ?

  • myPc is RHEL6.2
  • server is ubuntu 10.04 and
  • both runs openssh
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As long as input or output are still open, ssh will keep the connection open. To solve this, make sure the input and output are not open.

For instance, use ssh -n and redirect your output:

ssh -n me@example.com "nohup myscript.sh >/dev/null 2>&1 &"
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