Yes - that can be a distraction!

I'm finding that if I start EKOS and go straight to the camera exposure tab, change gain first to anything 1 or higher, then change exposure to something long. It will give me a true long exposure straight away, and carry on doing so for the session.

Ive found you must not touch the exposure before the gain, as the moment exposure has been entered, a test image is captured automatically, which prevents future long exposures.

The command line I gave before still continues to be 'foolproof'.