View Full Version : [ubuntu] question about gedit

January 26th, 2009, 05:29 PM
I found that in terminal, if I can get a GUI of gedit by typing
$ gedit textfilename
However in ternminal, sometimes I cannot type other shell commands since the next line is blank and sometimes I could since $ reappear in the next line. Can I know why? If no $, how to get it out while not closing GUI of gedit?

January 26th, 2009, 05:33 PM
Not a 100% sure what you mean but try adding a "&" after your command, like:


This will start the program, give optional/occasional output to the terminal; but will enable you to input new commands in the terminal as well.

January 26th, 2009, 05:34 PM
Try this command instead:


January 26th, 2009, 05:34 PM
try appending & next to gedit, you'll get the prompt.

edit: overlord beat me to it :D

what & basically does is, that it runs the app in the background.

January 26th, 2009, 05:34 PM
Type it this way:

gedit <filename> &
This puts it in the background until you close the editor.....

January 26th, 2009, 05:35 PM
When you run that command from a terminal, that command (gedit in this case) will take over the whole terminal until you finish/close it. If you want your prompt back while still having gedit window open, put a & at the end, sending it to background.

gedit filename &

January 26th, 2009, 11:58 PM
If no $, how to get it out while not closing GUI of gedit?

This can also be done. After a program has taken over the shell, press Ctrl-Z to suspend it and run bg to send it to the background, as if you had used & in the first place.

January 26th, 2009, 11:59 PM
Ooo, I didn't know this and will be VERY handy, thanks for posting the thread (: