Did you know that you aren’t limited to working on one thing at a time while on a Linux command line? You can actually “minimize” a program that you are in, get back to the command line, and then return to the program whenever you’d like.

When you run a program or script on the Linux command line (from now on referred to as the shell), you are creating a new job. For those that are used to GUI environments, each of these jobs is somewhat like a window on the desktop. Just as you can have multiple windows and switch between them, the shell is capable of managing multiple jobs and allows you to switch between them.

There is a lot to cover, so let’s start simple by describing what states a shell job can be in.

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