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Ok, this seems really weird. When I am running a php script from the command line with & at the end to run it in the background, it's immediately stopped. I tried it on another server and it worked as expected; the job is running in the background.


sleep (5);

Output on Server 1

[mk@li89-44 html]# ./test.php &
[1] 4938
[mk@li89-44 html]# jobs
[1]+  Running        ./test.php &

Output on Server 2

[mk@dev html]# ./test.php &
[1] 4938
[mk@dev html]# jobs
[1]+  Stopped        ./test.php &

On Server 2, I can get it in the background like so:

[mk@dev html]$ ./test.php
ctrl + z
[1]+  Stopped                 ./test.php
[mk@dev html]$ bg
[1]+ ./test.php &
[mk@dev html]$ jobs
[1]+  Running                 ./test.php

Also on Server 2, if i do something like wget "http://fileserver.com/largefile.gz" & it goes into the bg running as expected. Running nohup ./test.php & on server 2 also works as expected.

Both servers are running centos, different versions, and different versions of php as well. I dunno if that's relevant, or if this can be explained just by the way jobs, fg, bg work on linux.

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If you look at an strace of the process, you can see that PHP always initializes the terminal, which requires waiting for PHP to control the terminal:

ioctl(0, TCSETSW, {B38400 opost isig icanon echo ...}) = ? ERESTARTSYS
--- {si_signo=SIGTTOU, si_code=SI_KERNEL} (Stopped (tty output)) ---
--- Stopped (tty output) by SIGTTOU ---

A simple workaround:

./test.php > /dev/null &

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Hmmm... even with the > /dev/null & it still goes into the jobs queue as stopped. –  profitphp Oct 25 '11 at 16:00
Then you may need to strace it yourself and see what it's doing. If it's accessing standard input, for example, you may need a < /dev/null. –  David Schwartz Oct 25 '11 at 18:16
thanks for the tip, I'll try that –  profitphp Oct 26 '11 at 1:32
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are you sure you have installed php-cli package?

check to if /usr/bin/php is a path of the binary, different distributions use different paths.

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ya, it's not that it wont run, it runs fine, i just cant background it with & –  profitphp Oct 24 '11 at 21:49
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