Solved

How do I break out of terminal commands?

Posted on 2003-11-22
3
4,595 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Okay, this is an easy one.  I'm learning Linux and don't know the Windows equivalent to Ctrl-Break.

For example, I type "ping yahoo.com" at a terminal prompt and it just keeps going.... how do I stop it.  Another example is the "top" command, how do I exit the utility??

I'm stuck in a Windows world and want to escape soon!
0
Comment
Question by:chadly2
  • 2
3 Comments
 

Author Comment

by:chadly2
ID: 9803205
I figured it out, Ctrl-C or Ctrl-Z.... but what's the difference.  Does one Kill the process versus End?
0
 
LVL 5

Accepted Solution

by:
arjanh earned 50 total points
ID: 9803305
Ctrl-c is indeed for cancelling something.

ctrl-z is for putting something in the background. This can be handy for long-lasting commands and you want to do something else on the same command prompt... After ctrl-z you can give the command 'bg' to continue the process in the background. The results of the ping will still be printed though. With 'fg' you can bring the command back to the foreground.
0
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:arjanh
ID: 9803314
'top' can also be exited by pressing 'q' by the way
0

Featured Post

Enterprise Mobility and BYOD For Dummies

Like “For Dummies” books, you can read this in whatever order you choose and learn about mobility and BYOD; and how to put a competitive mobile infrastructure in place. Developed for SMBs and large enterprises alike, you will find helpful use cases, planning, and implementation.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Ubuntu not booting - How get past GRUB? 3 58
AWS ELB 5 95
maybe no no httpd.conf 6 63
PHP website on Linux - server DNS address could not be found. 18 48
Fine Tune your automatic Updates for Ubuntu / Debian
Google Drive is extremely cheap offsite storage, and it's even possible to get extra storage for free for two years.  You can use the free account 15GB, and if you have an Android device..when you install Google Drive for the first time it will give…
Learn several ways to interact with files and get file information from the bash shell. ls lists the contents of a directory: Using the -a flag displays hidden files: Using the -l flag formats the output in a long list: The file command gives us mor…
Learn how to navigate the file tree with the shell. Use pwd to print the current working directory: Use ls to list a directory's contents: Use cd to change to a new directory: Use wildcards instead of typing out long directory names: Use ../ to move…

831 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question