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I need to copy to Let's assume the file is really big.

Using my home PC, I SSH to and type wget

How do you do it so that the download will continue even if I close my SSH terminal and PC? Note: I close my PC because the download will take several hours.

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Ah, I misunderstood the question. I'll delete my answer – ChrisF Oct 21 '12 at 10:05
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I would use GNU Screen for this. You can read more about what it is on its website ( - but one of the things I love about it is that you can detach it and leave your shell running merrily without interference.

Then, later, you can log back in and pass Screen -r And get right back to where you were.

Screen also has a lot of other beneficial features, and it's a program I'd recommend anyone using the terminal a lot should use.

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That works thanks – IMB Oct 21 '12 at 12:50
Good, I'm glad. Keep it in your *NIX toolbox for next time - it's a real productivity booster. – Xyon Oct 21 '12 at 18:22

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