$ php x.php &
[1] 5742
[1]+  Stopped                 x.php

Result: a "STOPPED" process - it's there forever until I send a TERM and then CONT signal.

What I need instead: the process to finish and quit after 15 seconds, so I don't see it in top or htop.

System: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS in VirtualBox; php-fpm

  • Actually it is not about "how to code something", but about "how to run my script in background", which looks more like a question related to "power users", as stated in the website's Tour. Re: what you are trying to do - that's described in the "What I need instead" paragraph. – Meglio Jan 8 '14 at 19:09
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    Is there more to X.php, or did you just forget to close your PHP tag in the example? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jan 8 '14 at 19:19
  • Nothing else in x.php file (it's allowed and recommended to omit closing tag). Fixed my question to avoid confusion. – Meglio Jan 8 '14 at 19:40
  • Why would you want to do this? It would be easier to just run sleep 15 instead of php. – Kevin Panko Jan 8 '14 at 22:31
  • @KevinPanko The PHP script is just a minimal example used for simplified testing and posting to this website - it was used in replacement of the real workhorse-script. – Meglio Jan 9 '14 at 1:44

Using strace I see that the program is getting a signal SIGTTOU which means the process was in the background and attempted to write to the terminal, or in this case, change one of its modes.

ioctl(0, SNDCTL_TMR_STOP or SNDRV_TIMER_IOCTL_GINFO or TCSETSW, {B38400 opost isig icanon echo ...}) = ? ERESTARTSYS (To be restarted if SA_RESTART is set)
--- SIGTTOU {si_signo=SIGTTOU, si_code=SI_KERNEL} ---
--- stopped by SIGTTOU ---

To get around this, set the input to null:

$ php x.php < /dev/null &

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