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how to see background actions in terminal?

asked 2016-04-14 22:39:08 -0500

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I am new in fedora. I am downloading a file using wget in the terminal in fedora 23. Initially when i start to download the file i used -b command for completing the task in the background. So i wanted to know how to see this background action in terminal.

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I don't think, you can see it if you move it to background. That's the whole point of moving it to background.

anishjp gravatar imageanishjp ( 2016-04-15 04:51:38 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-04-15 11:00:11 -0500

updated 2016-04-15 11:01:37 -0500

Try jobs to see all jobs and jobs -r to see only running jobs in the background. That will give you the status of the running jobs (stopped, ongoing, finished...) but not the progress.

Here are the common other commands to play with foreground/background :

  • Place in background : bg (run), Ctl+Z (suspend), & at the end of a command line (run), nohup (run and not linked to the console)
  • Foreground : fg (or fg %2 ...)
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I couldn't see the wget job running in the background with jobs -r

anishjp gravatar imageanishjp ( 2016-04-16 08:11:31 -0500 )edit

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