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Is it possible to do this? For example if I run "gedit tifatul.txt" via the command line, my terminal becomes blocked and I can't enter other command in this terminal before I quit gedit. Can I start a program (like gedit) without blocking the terminal? In windows I think this can be done like "start notepad tifatul.txt"

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What do you mean by blocked. –  Pedro Diniz Apr 28 '13 at 15:32
    
@PedroDiniz meaning I can't type another command to the terminal while gedit is running. If you have windows, try the difference between running notepad (blocked) and start notepad (not blocked) –  TifatulS Apr 28 '13 at 15:33

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Just add & at the end of the command. This makes the new process to run in background and you can continue using your terminal. For example: gedit new_file.txt &

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works for me. Thanks! –  TifatulS Apr 28 '13 at 15:37
    
By the way, do you know any documentation regarding this behaviour? Is it only for gedit? –  TifatulS Apr 28 '13 at 15:38
    
This feature of background process is provided by the shell, so it is not working only for gedit but for any command you run on shell. –  Daniel Yuste Aroca Apr 28 '13 at 15:53
    
yeah, thanks for the answer. I was gonna accept but the system requires me to wait another couple of minutes –  TifatulS Apr 28 '13 at 16:01
    
Accepted and upvoted :) By the way what is this feature called? –  TifatulS Apr 28 '13 at 16:03

I would like to recommend you nohup gedit filename &. Simply gedit filename &, you're bearing the risk to accidentally close the terminal and lose your edit. If you don't like nohup.out being created each time, just redirect the output:

nohup gedit filename > /dev/null &
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