where is all terminal output sent if the controlling terminal is closed?

Anton Shterenlikht mexas at bristol.ac.uk
Thu Aug 30 09:10:09 UTC 2012

I occasionally build ports with extra logs enabled.
When I then launch such programs from, say xterm
on the background (&), I get lots of output on
the controlling terminal. If I then close the
terminal, where does all the output goes?
I presume it's still being sent to the PID
of the parent xterm. But this process no
longer exists, so what happens then?


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