Appending a script after a running script.

This is a pretty cool function.

I use Gaussian all the time. Sometimes, I just run the command in the terminal at the frontground. But sometimes, I have another job that I want to run after the previous job. I don’t want to check the running condition all the time, and I don’t want to waste the computing resource. So the following is what we can do for this condition.

Got help from HPC manager David Chaffin and Pawel Wolinski, as well as the website at

If you have a script running in the terminal at the frontground.

Press ctrl+z

Type bg

Then the job will run at the background.

Use jobs to check the scripts running at the background. If is the first one, you may type the following command to append your will run right after the end of

wait %1; ./

You may kill jobs by kill %1 too.

The following is the content at I think it is very useful.


Bg, Fg, &, Ctrl-Z – 5 Examples to Manage Unix Background Jobs

When you execute a unix shell-script or command that takes a long time, you can run it as a background job.

In this article, let us review how to execute a job in the background, bring a job to the foreground, view all background jobs, and kill a background job.

1. Executing a background job

Appending an ampersand ( & ) to the command runs the job in the background.

For example, when you execute a find command that might take a lot time to execute, you can put it in the background as shown below. Following example finds all the files under root file system that changed within the last 24 hours.

# find / -ctime -1 > /tmp/changed-file-list.txt &

2. Sending the current foreground job to the background using CTRL-Z and bg command

You can send an already running foreground job to background as explained below:

  • Press ‘CTRL+Z’ which will suspend the current foreground job.
  • Execute bg to make that command to execute in background.

For example, if you’ve forgot to execute a job in a background, you don’t need to kill the current job and start a new background job. Instead, suspend the current job and put it in the background as shown below.

# find / -ctime -1 > /tmp/changed-file-list.txt

# [CTRL-Z]
[2]+  Stopped                 find / -ctime -1 > /tmp/changed-file-list.txt

# bg

3. View all the background jobs using jobs command

You can list out the background jobs with the command jobs. Sample output of jobs command is

# jobs
[1]   Running                 bash &
[2]-  Running                 evolution &
[3]+  Done                    nautilus .

4. Taking a job from the background to the foreground using fg command

You can bring a background job to the foreground using fg command. When executed without arguments, it will take the most recent background job to the foreground.

# fg

If you have multiple background ground jobs, and would want to bring a certain job to the foreground, execute jobs command which will show the job id and command.

In the following example, fg %1 will bring the job#1 (i.e to the foreground.

# jobs
[1]   Running                 bash &
[2]-  Running                 evolution &
[3]+  Done                    nautilus .

# fg %1

5. Kill a specific background job using kill %

If you want to kill a specific background job use, kill %job-number. For example, to kill the job 2 use

# kill %2

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