I'm a bit new to linux. using Ubuntu-16.04LTS. The terminal froze when i trip to open browser using terminal command. Browser name website (chromium-browser www.facebook.com) Terminal resumed after closing the browser Is there anything I need to know?

  • This is normal.
    – user68186
    Jan 31, 2017 at 14:57
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    Yes, anything that you run from a terminal window (including GUI apps), will exclusively use that terminal until you close them. You can append & after the command to run it in the background, thus letting you use the terminal. chromium-browser www.facebook.com &. Jan 31, 2017 at 15:04
  • @JonasCz so can the website be used via commands? Like login or message via terminal? Jan 31, 2017 at 15:12
  • No, chrome(ium) does not support that. Jan 31, 2017 at 15:21
  • So does any other browser supports? Can you recommend me to a website or article , where i can find how to operate this? Jan 31, 2017 at 15:24

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Yes .. That's the way it works. As long as a command is running in the terminal, it is blocked from doing other things. Think of chromium-browser as a long running process, just as sleep 60 or similar.

You can put it in the background, freeing your terminal prompt for other work, either by pressing ctrl-z to suspend the process, and then type bg %1 (or the number ctrl-z returned in [] if not 1) to let it run in background.

Or adding a & after the command when you start it:

sleep 60 &

This will send it in the background immediately.

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