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Have you ever been frustrated by accidentally closing your Bash window while a process was still running in the background? I know I have! It can be so annoying to realize that you’ve lost your progress or that you need to start over because of a simple misclick. But fear not, there’s a way to prevent this from happening.

Understanding the Issue

When running a process in the Bash terminal, it’s common to want to close the terminal window after the process has completed. However, if you’ve ever tried closing the terminal while a process is running, you likely received a prompt warning you that a process is still active. This is the default behavior of the Bash shell, and for good reason. It’s a safety measure to prevent accidental termination of important processes.

The Problem with Automatic Closure

While the default behavior is understandable, it can be frustrating when you want to close the window without terminating the running process. It becomes even more frustrating when you realize that you forgot to launch the process in the background using the & operator, and you’re now stuck waiting for it to complete before you can close the terminal.

A Solution: Disown and Nohup

Thankfully, there are methods to prevent the automatic closure of the bash window without terminating the running process. The disown and nohup commands come to the rescue.

The disown command allows you to remove jobs from the job table, which means that the job is no longer associated with the terminal. This effectively prevents the job from receiving SIGHUP (hangup signal) and allows you to close the terminal without terminating the job.

On the other hand, the nohup command helps in running a command immune to hangups, with output to a non-tty (non-terminal) instead of the default nohup.out file. This means that even if the terminal is closed, the command continues to run in the background.

Practical Example

Let’s say we have a long-running process, such as a data processing script named Normally, we’d run it like this:

$ ./

However, if we want to prevent the terminal from closing and keep the process running in the background, we can use nohup:

$ nohup ./ &

Now, even if we close the terminal, the script will continue running in the background.


Having the ability to prevent automatic closure of the Bash window without terminating the running process can save you time and frustration. Whether you choose to use the disown command or the nohup command, both provide valuable solutions to this common annoyance. With a firm grasp on these tools, you can confidently manage your long-running processes without the fear of accidental termination.