Continue a current job in the background

<ctrl+z> %1 &
Often times you run a command in the terminal and you don't realize it's going to take forever. You can open a new terminal, but you lose the local history of the suspended one. You can stop the running command using , but that may produce undesirable side-effects. suspends the job, and (assuming you have no other jobs running in the background) %1 resumes it. Appending & tells it to run in the background. You now have a job running concurrently with your terminal. Note this will still print any output to the same terminal you're working on. Tested on zsh and bash.
Sample Output
$ hg pull
zsh: suspended  hg pull
$ %1 &
[1] - continued  hg pull
$ ...
$ pulled 4 revisions
(run 'hg update' to get a working copy)

[1]  - done        hg pull

By: joem86
2010-10-25 17:43:38

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What Others Think

It's shorter to use "bg" (without parameters) after detaching.
John_W · 609 weeks and 1 day ago
Ah, yes. I learn something new every day. bg is shorter and clearer than %1 &. Thanks John_W.
joem86 · 609 weeks and 1 day ago

What do you think?

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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