Dealing with files that are currently opened in a program

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Monitor what is being sent to /dev/null?

Just for fun: Is there a way to monitor/capture/dump whatever is being written to /dev/null? On Debian, or FreeBSD, if it matters, any other OS specific solutions are also welcome.
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How to find out which file is currently written by a process

My situation is that from time to time a specific process (in this case, it's Thunderbird) doesn't react to user input for a minute or so. I found out using iotop that during this time, it writes ...
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ulimit: difference between hard and soft limits

What is the difference between hard and soft limits in ulimit? For number of open files, I have a soft limit of 1024 and a hard limit of 10240. It is possible to run programs opening more than 1024 ...
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Capturing new output after deleting the output file

I'm runnig a java server on Debian with this command: java -jar myapp.jar [args] >> log.txt Once I gzipped the log file to send it and then I realized the original file was gone, leaving me ...
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Can I move a directory with open files?

Imagine a bunch of processes using a /home/user/logs directory. They have some logs open for a longer time.
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How can same fd in different processes point to the same file?

Say I have process 1 and process 2. Both have a file descriptor corresponding to the integer 4. In each process however the file descriptor 4 points to a totally different file in the Open File Table ...
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display sco unix 5.0.6 samba usage

Is there a command on sco unix which will show which files are being accessed by the samba process ? Something like lsof in linux maybe, or similar.
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Where do open file handles go when they die?

What happens to the files that are deleted while they have a file handle open to them? I have been wondering this ever since I figured out I could delete a video file while it was playing in MPlayer ...
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file descriptors and /dev/fd

Are file descriptors unique across a process, or throughout the whole system. Because every file seems the use the same descriptor for stdin and stdout. Is there something special with these? How ...
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What happens when I close() a file descriptor?

I am trying to get the whole picture with file descriptors. Say I have process1 which initially has these file descriptors: _process1_ | | | 0 stdin | | 1 stdout | | 2 stderr | ...
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Emacs' file extension recognition

How do I get Emacs to recognize new file extensions? For example if I have a .c file and I open it in Emacs, I get the correct syntax highlighting for C, but if I have a .bob file format (which I know ...
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rewrite existing file so that it gets replaced by new version atomically, only once fully written

I vaguely recall reading somewhere that there used to be, in some Unices a way to open an existing file for writing, with a flag that asked the kernel to use the old version (for other processes ...
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How can different file descriptors point to the same file in open file table? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can same fd in different processes point to the same file? I have a hard time grasping the two ideas of File Descriptor Table and Open File Table. Open File Table ...
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How to remove Notepad from the applications list?

After installing Wine, Notepad has became a default application to open unknown textual files by double click. I'd like to eliminate this behaviour and remove Notepad from the list of applications ...
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Alternatives for “lsof” command?

In many cases "lsof" is not installed on the machines that with I have to work, but the "function" of lsof would be needed very much (ex. on AIX). :\ Are there any "lsof" like applications in the ...
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File descriptor limits are lost after a system reboot

I'm trying to increase the default file descriptor limits for processes on my system. Specifically I'm trying to get the limits to apply to the Condor daemon and its sub-processes when the machine ...
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Who's got the other end of this unix socketpair?

I want to determine which process has the other end of a UNIX socket. Specifically, I'm asking about one that was created with socketpair(), though the problem is the same for any UNIX socket. I ...
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How does bash continue to work correctly when you move its working directory?

On Linux, I moved a directory to another directory using mv, and in another shell, my working directory happened to be the directory that was moved. I ran hg pull in that shell, and to my surprise, ...
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See the STDOUT redirect of a running process

If I start an app with this command: /path/to/my/command >> /var/log/command.log And the command doesn't return, is there a way, from another prompt, to see what the STDOUT redirect is set ...
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Gedit opening an “Unsaved document” on opening files with mouse

When I open files by double-clicking a file with mouse I always get one additional "Unsaved Document X".. which is very annoying, because I have to close tham all, and click "Close without save" every ...
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What is the referent of a file descriptor?

My understanding is that a file descriptor is an integer which is a key in the kernel's per-process mapping to objects such as open()ed files, pipes, sockets, etc. Is there a proper, short, and ...
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/proc/PID/fd/X link number

In Linux, in /proc/PID/fd/X, the links for file descriptors that are pipes or sockets have a number, like: l-wx------ 1 user user 64 Mar 24 00:05 1 -> pipe:[6839] l-wx------ 1 user user 64 Mar 24 ...
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How do open files behave on linux systems?

I just renamed a log file to "foo.log.old", and assumed that the application will start writing a new logfile at "foo.log". I was surprised to discover that it tracked the logfile to its new name, and ...
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retrieving names of all open pdf files (in evince or otherwise)

I constantly have many PDF files open. These are usually downloaded using chrome and immediately opened using evince. I sometimes want to persist the state of all my open PDF files, so I could ...
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Release a port owned by third party application?

I have been consulted about any way to release a port owned by a third party application that is listening to it. Say the application uses sockets and is listening for an specific port the root now ...
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How do I tell a script to wait for a process to start accepting requests on a port?

I need a command that will wait for a process to start accepting requests on a specific port. Is there something in linux that does that? while (checkAlive -host localhost -port 13000 == false) ...
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Prevent libflashplayer.so from deleting a file?

I'm trying the preview release of Flash Player "Square" for Linux and noticed that video files are now being deleted from the /tmp/ folder. Yet the files are still in use (I can see them with lsof): ...
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How do I find out which processes are preventing unmounting of a device?

Sometimes, I would like to umount a usb device, but I get a drive is busy error. How do I find out which processes or programs are accessing the device?
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Strategies for maintaining a reference to a file after it was moved or renamed?

I've had a mac at work lately, and was amazed to see that Xcode would still find my latest project after I renamed its folder and moved it someplace else. Now I understand that this is the result of ...
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What is using this network socket?

I'm trying to use NTP to update the time on my machine. However, it gives me an error: host # ntpdate ntp1.example.org 10 Aug 12:38:50 ntpdate[7696]: the NTP socket is in use, exiting What does the ...
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How do I set a limit on the number of files Linux can have open?

I plan to run a Java app using nohup ... &. The limit must apply to commands like this.