[kwlug-disc] Linux 'equivalent' to Windows 'start' command.

Joe Wennechuk youcanreachmehere at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 15 11:10:11 EDT 2013


Just type what you want in a terminal window, like if I am in a terminal window and I want to run firefox. I type firefox, and it opens. If you hit <ctrl>+c firefox closes, if you type firefox &Nn then it opens the progran, and returns control to the shell.

> Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:10:47 -0400
> From: unsolicited at swiz.ca
> To: kwlug-disc at kwlug.org
> Subject: [kwlug-disc] Linux 'equivalent' to Windows 'start' command.
> 
> In windows, I frequently start gui programs from the cmd prompt via 
> start {whatever}. One of my favourites is 'start .' which starts windows 
> explorer at the current directory.
> 
> When I do this I not only don't care about 'job' status, standard 
> in/out/err, I don't want to see it. Ever.
> 
> What is the equivalent in Linux?
> 
> {blah} < /dev/null > /dev/null 2> /dev/null &
> 
> doesn't do it. I frequently still get output in my console window, let 
> alone job status messages. Including, when I close the window, I get the 
> status message in the console, frequently moving me from the prompt - 
> which means when I come back to it I think the prior command is still in 
> progress.
> 
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