I am having some trouble in starting more then one process in a single terminal window..

like as i have started wvdial by

sudo wvdial

it shows all initiating process details but wont give back


until i press ctrl+c to terminate which causes terminate wvdial..

what i want is to start both wvdial and nautilus in same terminal window.Is it possible??


2 Answers 2


Yes you can. Just append the ampersand character (&) at the end of the command. This will allow the program to run as a background job in the shell. Like this:

sudo wvdial &

It's worth nothing that you will still see terminal output from the task while it's running in the background.


Append the first command with an ampersand & which makes the command run in the background. man bash says:

If a command is terminated by the control operator &, the shell executes the command in the background in a subshell. The shell does not wait for the command to finish, and the return status is 0.

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