I am new to Ubuntu and I am using it virtualized on mac (by virtualbox). When I tried a simple command on Terminal (eg. gedit) I get it open but... Terminal stays stucked. The user@computer:~$ doesn-t appear anymore. The only way is to close gedit application. Is that normal? What am I doing wrong?

  • What is the simple command?
    – Paul
    Nov 1, 2013 at 16:33

1 Answer 1


If you just type


then the gedit command stays in the shell's foreground. If you want it to return to the prompt so you can enter other commands you need to put the first command in the background - you can do that when you invoke it by adding the & character

gedit &

If a command is already running in the shell and you want to background it, you can type Ctrl+z to stop current jobs

$ gedit
[1]+  Stopped                 gedit

and background a job using its job number, which will return you the prompt

$ bg 1
[1]+ gedit &

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