I mainly use Windows but was interested in messing around with Redis so I installed it on my netbook (running Ubuntu 12.10) and accessing it via SSH.

I would like to start the Redis server then leave it running while I use something else with the terminal. I am aware you can use Screen to do this but am wondering if is possible to do it without the use of Screen.

I hope this is understandable, I have almost never used Linux and have almost no idea of how to use it, thanks for reading.


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There are some options:

  1. service start redis-server
  2. /etc/init.d/redis-server start
  3. With upstart, start redis-server

Related Q&A: How to start and stop a service?


You can run your command in the background by putting an ampersand at the end like

sudo longrunningtask &

To return a task to the forground, use the fg command. But of course if it's a system service use jweyrich's suggestions.

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