[Tutor] Running a script in the background

Steven D'Aprano steve at pearwood.info
Tue Sep 4 03:56:44 CEST 2012

On 04/09/12 10:26, Dwight Hutto wrote:

>> On *nix there is a cron daemon that runs in the background.
>> but one job running in the background controlling dozens(?) of
>> others is way more efficient than dozens of programs all running idle in
>> the background and periodically springing into action.
> But each OS(BIOS handler) has a way of providing/accepting instructions to
> the processor, which is constantly procedural. This has to have a terminal
> at some point.
> What is meant by behind a console, and running without a console, just a
> window system, and a file set that deals with instructions/errors based on
> BIOS input/output?

I'm afraid these sentences sound like gobbledygook to me. No offense Dwight,
but it sounds like you're randomly inserting "computer terms" into sentences
with no meaning.

The only part that actually makes sense to me is:

"This has to have a terminal at some point."

but that is not true. The fact that cron runs without a tty (a terminal) is
proof of that.


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