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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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!

  • And run disown ("Remove jobs from current shell") if you wish to be able to close that terminal. Jan 9, 2019 at 16:40

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