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Running Ubuntu 9.10, when I execute:

rdesktop &

The remote desktop window appears, and the command appears to end in the shell it was executed from because I can execute further commands; however, when I close the shell the remote desktop window closes with it. How can I spawn the rdesktop process such that it remains open when the terminal that spawned it closes? I don't seem to have the same problem with running:

firefox &
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up vote 6 down vote accepted

Just use:

nohup rdesktop &
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nice, wasn't aware of this nohup command... Thanks! – codeLes Nov 10 '09 at 16:23
Excellent, thanks! – Jonesinator Nov 10 '09 at 17:16

If you have a background process running already and want to close it's parent process (the terminal window) without killing the child process, you can disown it:

$ rdesktop &
$ disown

After the process is disowned, it will not be killed when it's parent process terminates.

As a side note, you don't have this problem with firefox, because firefox is a shell script that launches firefox-bin, such that firefox-bin is not a child process of your terminal.

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Why not just launch your rdesktop from your launcher. For default Ubuntu just hit:


and then enter your command in the the entry box:

rdesktop &

Although I don't use the ampersand (&) for mine. Typically my command is:

rdesktop -u myUname -fP

This opens rdesktop in fullscreen mode and enables bitmap caching. To get back to my desktop I just have to hit:


And then the same combo to get back into fullscreen.

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