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Let's say I've ssh'd into my box and decided to run a long job, but have forgotten to run that job inside screen. Is there anything I can do to stop the job from terminating when the ssh session closes, after the job has already been started?

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You can background ctrl-z the process so it will have a jobspec and then disown job spec. Then the job is no longer attached the terminal so when you exit the job continues.

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  • I am assuming your shell is bash. If not something equivalent may still exist. – johnshen64 Apr 27 '12 at 4:05
  • Yes it is, and thanks, this was exactly what I was looking for. – eltommo Apr 27 '12 at 4:14

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