setsid(1) — Linux manual page


SETSID(1)                       User Commands                      SETSID(1)

NAME         top

       setsid - run a program in a new session

SYNOPSIS         top

       setsid [options] program [arguments]

DESCRIPTION         top

       setsid runs a program in a new session. The command calls fork(2) if
       already a process group leader.  Otherwise, it executes a program in
       the current process.  This default behavior is possible to override
       by the --fork option.

OPTIONS         top

       -c, --ctty
              Set the controlling terminal to the current one.

       -f, --fork
              Always create a new process.

       -w, --wait
              Wait for the execution of the program to end, and return the
              exit status of this program as the exit status of setsid.

       -V, --version
              Display version information and exit.

       -h, --help
              Display help text and exit.

AUTHORS         top

       Rick Sladkey <>

SEE ALSO         top


AVAILABILITY         top

       The setsid command is part of the util-linux package and is available

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util-linux                        July 2014                        SETSID(1)

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