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Consider the following nohup execution:

nohup > script.out &

Is there a way to log off the terminal, reconnect, bring the process back to foreground and interact with it using the keyboard?

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If you wanted to start a script, have it run without the output bothering your terminal and then bring it up later to interact with it, you might want to take a look at the screen command. You can find some info on how to use it in the pages below:

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+1 Excellent tool I didn't know of. Many thanks. – Adam Matan Aug 17 '11 at 16:36

I'll second the use of a terminal multiplexer, but tmux, not screen. Screen is, for all intents and purposes, unmaintained. Its configuration is a dark art, likely first recorded in an appendix of the Necronomicon. Attempting to write your own config is as a glimpse of Cthulu. Seriously. Look around at people's .screenrc files. To be sure, there are ways to mediate screen's abomination of a config flle. Byobu does an admirable job as the veil between mortal users and unholy code. It comes with sensible colours, a menu interface, and perhaps most importantly, a status bar.

But as I said, I recommend tmux instead. It still requires some minor configuration, but it is well documented, and your config file won't look like gibberish. Also, you start out with colours and a status bar. Compare my screenrc and tmux.conf files:

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If you are just interested in looking live hat the output this might suit you:

nohup 2>&1 script.out &
# later:
tail -f script.out
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