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For example, if I type gimp in my terminal, Gimp will launch, but it will wait for gimp to be closed before returning control to the terminal. If I press CtrlC it will close Gimp. How do I prevent this?

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marked as duplicate by gertvdijk, Jorge Castro, Radu Rădeanu, Eliah Kagan, Eric Carvalho Jul 16 '13 at 10:22

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place an ampersand (&) at the end of the command, e.g.:

gksu nautilus &

to start a root file manager, or in your case, to start GIMP:

gimp &

It's really as simple as that!

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