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I have a python based server which i start from the terminal. This particular instance of the terminal then gives control to the program, and the program uses it as a kind of logging window, until its closed. Is this normal, or should i somehow try to start the program some other way in which it will simply show as an active process? If i close the terminal from which i started the program, the program dies with it.

Thank you

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PHP is mentioned in this answer but it applies to Python, too:… – user8290 Sep 22 '12 at 13:34
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Turn it to a daemon (service)
daemon --name="yourservicename" --output=log.txt sh

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Even old bash is using & for sending processes to background, but there is few other ways too .. but basic two are these :

1.)$~ your_command > outputfile_for_stdout &
        # runs your command in background, giving you only PID so you can exit that process by `kill -9 PID_of_process`
        # & goes at the end of row      

2.)$~ your_command > outputfile_for_stdout 
        # this will run your program normally
        # press  Ctrl + Z then program will pause
   $~ bg
        # now your program is running in background
   $~ fg
        # now your program came back to foreground
3.)you can run terminal window under screen command so it will live until you either kill it or you reboot your machine
   $~ screen
   $~ run_all_your_commands
       # Ctrl + A + D will then detach this screen
   $~ screen -r will reattach it

Some other useful commands :

   $~ jobs
        # will show you all processes running right now, but without PID
   $~ ps
        # will show you all processes for actual terminal window
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Hmmm, i was using command 'top' to view processes till now – U2ros Sep 23 '12 at 18:19
$ servicename &

Using & causes the program to run in the background, instead of blocking the shell until the program ends.

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No, it doesn't. Eg. dixon@dixon-vaio:~$ nautilus & [1] 11835. It returns process id and you will new shell prompt. Also check this:‌​d. – dixoncx Sep 23 '12 at 13:07
I stand corrected. Down vote removed. – Scott Severance Sep 23 '12 at 17:24

You can also use:

start-stop-daemon -SbCv -x your_command

here is init.d script to start and stop a program in the background.

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