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  1. After connecting to a machine from PuTTY, terminal, etc., type

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    languagebash
    screen
  2. Run the desired program
  3. Use the key sequence

    Ctrl-a + Ctrl-d

    ctrl ad to detach from the screen session, this will keep it running in the background and return to your main shell

    1. Note, if you do not detach the session, you can restore if the connection drops by reconnecting and running screen -r
  4. To see a list of active screen sessions, type

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    languagebash
    screen -ls
  5. Reattach to the screen session by typing

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    languagebash
    screen -r [your session id here]

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