Say you run a process to check its Stdout debug messages, or you just forget to put the ampersand in after its name, this is how I do about backgrounding it.

hendry@bilbo:~$ straw

Now hit CTRL+z

[1]+  Stopped                 straw

bg for actually backgrounding the process

hendry@bilbo:~$ bg
[1]+ straw &

And finally:

hendry@bilbo:~$ disown

In order to make sure the process survives if I decide to kill the xterm it was launched in!

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