As a Linux administrator or ethical hacker, you know that some programs in Linux may take days or even weeks to run; and running programs in the foreground doesn’t let you execute other commands. In this video, Ted Jordan explains how to move programs back and forth between the foreground and background to allow users to continue working on other projects. Effective job management helps all Linux users become more efficient when performing multiple tasks.

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Ted Jordan has more than 25 years of Linux and UNIX programming and training experience working for companies such as General Motors, Silicon Graphics, and Sun Microsystems. He now leads Funutation Tech Camp, a Massachusetts-based company that's taught more than 25,000 children how to write computer games, program battle robots, and build websites. Ted earned an MS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley; and he holds the LPIC-1, Linux+, SUSE Certified Linux Administrator (CLA), Network+, A+, Security+, Solaris Administrator, and Certified Ethical Hacker certifications.

Article image: Screen from "How do I manage jobs in Linux?" (source: O'Reilly).