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Is it possible to reattach a process started with nohup?

For example, start in a terminal:

nohup tail -f /dev/null &

Close the terminal. Now open a new terminal. How do you reattach the nohup'd process to this new terminal?

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You can use tools such as reptyr to reattach a running process to a new terminal, generally speaking though it's a lot simpler to plan ahead and simply launch the process inside screen or tmux - that way you don't need nohup, and you can connect/disconnect at will.

  • I hoped there would be a standard utility for it. Screen is not available on the machines where the command was started with nohup – user300811 Mar 8 '12 at 14:30
  • if screen isn't available, I assume that means you don't have root access and therefore can't install anything. Which means: you're left with tailing a log file as your "available" options for the circumstances you've described. – AD7six Mar 8 '12 at 14:53

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