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How do I run multiple commands on a Unix/Linux system without a GUI?

I have a gentoo linux system with no GUI. I want to compile stuff, and while it's running, execute more stuff at the command line. How can I give it one command, then give it more commands without installing a GUI (running multiple terminals) or using SSH?

Asked By: Brendan R - 7/2/2008
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Try to use screen (if it is installed on your system -- read man 1 screen... More
Answered By: Rav - 7/2/2008
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The way to make a task run in the background is to add a "&" at the end of the line. (stupid example) javac hugecompile.java & This will compile in the background! If you need to kill the task, you'll have to use the kill command with the PID.
Answered By: zephyrwind - 7/2/2008
 
Try to run the command with multitasking symbol, that is the ampersand symbol. So things like 'grep "hi" big.txt' becomes 'grep "hi" big.txt &'
Answered By: Andy T - 7/2/2008
 
Several ways... More
Answered By: koppe74 - 7/2/2008
 
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