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Can I background a task to free up the console?

Is there any way of backgrounding a task on the console so I can get on with other activities?  Also are there any unix like shell I can use to automate mundane tasks?

Re: Can I background a task to free up the console?

Unfortunately, “no” to both questions. It is better to use rsh/ssh connection for long running tasks so as to not block console; the same can also be used to script your activities (using host side scripting language).

There are also development kit with C/Perl/Java/C# bindings as well as powershell toolkit available.