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Linux Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition by Daniel J. Barrett

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^Z

Typing ^Z in a shell, while a job is running in the foreground, will suspend that job. It simply stops running, but its state is remembered.

$ mybigprogram
^Z
[1]+  Stopped                 mybigprogram
$

Now you’re ready to type bg to put the command into the background, or fg to resume it in the foreground.

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