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I know that you can start a background job with Bash doing foo &. However, the best way I know to put a foreground job to the background is to do Ctrl+z to pause it then bg 1 to resume it in the background.

Is there a faster way? Some Ctrl+Something key combination I'm not aware of?

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No, there isn't. The terminal reinterprets CtrlZ as SIGTSTP independently of bash putting the process into the background. See the susp option of stty as well as the signal(7) man page.

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You could bind a keystroke to bg (no argument means the current job) then you could do

Ctrl-z Ctrl-Something

So it would be just two keystrokes. You wouldn't want to use bg 1 in case there are more than one job present.

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