Fixing the 'Bash No Job Control in This Shell' Issue: A Comprehensive Guide

Are you a developer experiencing the "Bash: No job control in this shell" issue? Worry no more! Our comprehensive guide will help you understand the root cause of this problem and provide you with step-by-step instructions to fix it.

This guide will cover the following topics:

  1. What is the 'Bash: No job control in this shell' issue?
  2. What causes the issue?
  3. Step-by-step solution
  4. FAQ

What is the 'Bash: No job control in this shell' issue?

When executing a Bash script or running a command in a terminal, you may encounter the following warning message:

bash: no job control in this shell

This warning message indicates that the job control feature in Bash is disabled in the current shell session.

What causes the issue?

The issue is commonly caused by one of the following scenarios:

  1. Running a shell script without the shebang line: #!/bin/bash
  2. Invoking Bash with the --noediting or --restricted options
  3. Running a shell script with the . (dot) command, source, or sh command.

Step-by-step solution

To fix the "Bash: No job control in this shell" issue, follow these steps:

Ensure your shell script starts with the shebang line:


This line should be the very first line in your script. It tells the system which interpreter to use when executing the script.

Avoid running your shell script with the sh command, as it may disable job control in some cases. Instead, use one of the following methods to run your script:

Make your script executable and run it directly:

chmod +x

Invoke Bash explicitly:


If your script is still producing the "Bash: No job control in this shell" warning, check if you are invoking Bash with the --noediting or --restricted options. Remove these options to enable job control.


1. What is job control in Bash?

Job control is a feature of the Bash shell that allows users to manage processes running in the background, foreground, or suspended. With job control, you can pause, resume, or terminate processes and switch between different processes easily.

2. How can I check if job control is enabled in my shell?

To check if job control is enabled in your shell, run the following command:


If the output is on, job control is enabled. If the output is off, job control is disabled.

3. How can I enable job control in an existing shell session?

To enable job control in an existing shell session, run the following command:

set -m

4. Can I use job control with other shells besides Bash?

Yes, job control is available in other Unix shells, such as zsh, ksh, and csh. The implementation and commands may be different, though.

5. How can I list all background jobs in my shell?

To list all background jobs in your shell, use the jobs command:


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