Re: Linux doing "cooperative multitasking"? (fwd)

Robert Glamm (
Wed, 27 Nov 1996 12:45:27 -0600 (CST)

> > Hallo,
> >
> > I use Netscape Version 3.01 on Linux 2.0.25 and XFree 86-3.1.2.F. (Well now
> > it is Xfree 86-3.2)
> > At present I preload and, but I had the problems
> > with and too. Here my problem ( or better
> > observation).
> >
> > I start netscape on an rxvt-Term. I forgot to send it in the Background by
> > not giving "&" at the end of the command line. So I hit "^Z" on the terminal I
> > started netscape. Nothing happens for a long time or at all.
> After you hit ^Z did you put the process in the background with "bg"?

This is an odd buglet. Here's exactly what happens:

Start netscape as a foreground process
While the focus is in the window netscape was started from, hit Ctrl-Z
-- Nothing will appear to happen

Change the input focus to the Netscape window
-- 'Suspended' will appear in the xterm/rxvt (from the previous Ctrl-Z)

Now fg/bg/etc. commands will work.

Not necessarily even annoying, but kind of odd. I haven't bothered to
track down why it happens.

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