A bit of explanations :
$ help disown disown: disown [-h] [-ar] [jobspec ...] By default, removes each JOBSPEC argument from the table of active jobs. If the -h option is given, the job is not removed from the table, but is marked so that SIGHUP is not sent to the job if the shell receives a SIGHUP. The -a option, when JOBSPEC is not supplied, means to remove all jobs from the job table; the -r option means to remove only running jobs.
And a slice of example :
- Let’s open a terminal
- We launch a very long process in background : ./myprocess.sh &
- We type : disown XXXX where XXXX is the PID of the bash command running myprocess.sh
- We close the terminal
- We open a new terminal, we type “ps faux” and notice myprocess.sh is still running
It’s possible to start the command like this : “./myprocess.sh & disown”
disown allows you to detach a process from the currently running bash session, this can come in handy if you forgot to launch the process in a screen session or with nohup and you need to close the current session.
If you want to make some tests, myprocess.sh could look like this :
#!/bin/bash until [ ! blah ]; do sleep 1; done
nohup : http://blog.wains.be/post/nohup/
screen : http://www.gnu.org/software/screen/