Pause Current Thread

Hold ctrl and press z to pause the current thread. Run fg to resume it.

2009-03-16 20:58:31

What Others Think

@mallegonian what shell are you using for that? Here in Linux bash, it is also ctrl-z to pause then it's "bg %1" to background it or "fg %1" to foreground it (bring it back as before the ctrl-z). In fact, this can be done with multiple jobs which you can switch between background and foreground with "bg %n" and "fg %n" (where n is the job number). This also works in Korn shell (ksh).
mpb · 687 weeks and 4 days ago
fg will put it in the foreground. bg will put it in the background, and you don't need '%1' if that is the only job running.
atoponce · 687 weeks and 4 days ago
If you put it in background, remember to run "disown" to SIGHUP won't be sent to the process if the shell is closed.
eaZy · 687 weeks and 4 days ago
It's not a thread, it's a job
cran · 687 weeks and 3 days ago
seofox · 26 weeks and 1 day ago
seofox · 14 weeks and 4 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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