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Ubuntu Server: Start Halted Process Tips, Tricks and Tutorials 07 JUL 2014

My Linux knowledge is rather rusty, so needless to say, I managed to frustrate myself by accidentally halting a running program (VMware Tools installer) by pressing CTRL+Z whilst working on one of our Ubuntu Server installs (12.04) the other day.

So as a quick reminder to myself more than anything else, here is how to get back control, or start if you will, a halted program (job in this particular parlance).

First, to see a list of all jobs, run:


You’ll see a list of all available jobs, with their ID on the left hand side of the listing. If you want to continue the halted program in the background (let it do its business and then switch back to it later), enter:

bg %[number]

where [number] is the number identifier of the job the run in the background. Of course, you’ll probably actually want to have the program back in the foreground (like I needed to), which in that case meant I had to run:

fg %[number]

Easy as that. For quick reference, here is a list of general job control commands available to you: