A process is an instance of a computer program that is being executed.

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Still alive, still alive after kill -9 / SIGKILL [duplicate]

An apache2 process got stuck on my server and caused problems with other services. (original problem: kerneloops after USB hardware disconnect) root@server:~# ps aux | grep apache2 | grep -v grep ...
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Why does my process take too long to die?

Basically I'm using Linux 2.6.34 on PowerPC (Freescale e500mc). I have a process (a kind of Virtual Machine that was developed in-house) that uses about 2.25 G of mlocked VM. When I kill it, I notice ...
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Inconsistent output on /proc. Can some processes be hidden? [duplicate]

When I list /proc/<PID>, works as expected. But when I use ps or ls /proc | grep <PID>, the process is hidden. How & Why is this possible? [user@host ~]$ ls /proc/12263 attr ...
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Is it possible to know the source (application) of the clipboard?

I've noticed that sometimes clipboard contents become unavailable if the source application (where the content was copied from) is closed. This leads me to wonder if it's possible to know what the ...
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Process startup after boot

I know the following are ways processes get started in Linux from init.d (or similar) from shell (by user) forked by a running native daemon Is is ever possible on Linux for a process to be ...
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Why is the range of load average not 0-1+ for all cpu's together?

I know that load average is 0-1(or 0-1024) per cpu. E.g a busy quad-core can have a load average of 4.0 or higher. (e.g if there are many tasks). I understand it can be huge like 100+ etc. I also ...
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Kill many instances of a running process with one command

This is one of the questions that has troubled me often. Suppose I have thousand or more instances of any process(for e.g. say the process vi) running. How do I kill them all in one single shot/one ...
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How can I find out which mounted filesystems a running process sees?

After having a long debug session and finally finding out that in Fedora (and CentOS) php-fpm has its own mounted /tmp filesystem, which was caused by a systemd setting, PrivateTmp, I am wondering if ...
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Page Fault Frequency Algorithm - Compute number of frames and mean resident set

I'm reading about Page Fault Frequency algorithm but I don't understand how can I compute the number of frames. For example I have my reference string: 112233444412412214432255543 and control ...
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Kernel current working directory and inode information placement

I'm reading some doc about UNIX but I don't understand two things: Why is important for the kernel to know the current working directory of the running process? Why not keeping the inode information ...
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How to close all proceses without restarting a machine?

I have a lot of processes running and I need to kill them all. How can I do this without restarting a machine?
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chdir(<directory>) doesn't change directory after exiting to shell

I wanted to make a simple C program to change to my project directory. Its content is as follows: #include <unistd.h> int main() { chdir("/home/enedil/projects/algo"); return 0; } I ...
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Stopping jobs by PID?

Could someone tell me why I am unable to kill the jobs below when specifying their PID? I can stop the jobs when using their % id. Mac:~ gd$ ps PID TTY TIME CMD 4523 ttys000 0:00.02 ...
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Sending signals to long-running processes (AWK, DD)

I'm familiar that DD command doesn't produce output while running. However, if I send a USR1 signal to it, it can print current state. Can I do the same with AWK? Prints its variables, register ...
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Sum the memory usages of all the processes of a program?

How can we sum the memory usages of all the processes of a program? For example, I have opened many Chrome tabs for webpages, and each tab runs a different process. How can I get the total sum of ...
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Show CPU core usage for parent process and its child processes

Is it possible to display CPU core usage just for a single process and its child processes on Linux?
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How to locate a Chrome tab from its process PID?

I opened many Chrome tabs for webpages. Each tab has its own PID, e.g. USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND t 3900 1.9 6.3 5718440 508660 ? Sl ...
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What to do when “nice” isn't good enough (FreeBSD)

I've been using x265 to encode some video on my workstation lately, but I have a problem: even though I launch it using nice -n 20 x265 to deprioritize it, it still slows the computer to a crawl while ...
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How to guard a set of folders from being written into by a specific process?

I would like to have a way in which a set of folders do not allow write access for a particular process. For example, I would love to have a way in which YUM/RPM is not allowed to write into /usr/bin ...
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Why teamviewer starts again after being killed

My main desktop has Mint 14 and I approached it via SSH from another computer, because I didn't have a screen on the Mint one. Then I tried to start teamviewer just I order to launch its desktop ...
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How to update user/group settings of a running process?

Suppose I change some user settings like its initial login group or add it to a new group. I now can do su user and work with these new settings. But all the previously running processes will still ...
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Discrepancy between reported used memory and sum of application memory usage

I'm running a desktop system that quite regularly suffers from lack of memory, this prompted me to investigate what causes the issue in the first place. Problem is, there's no single process that ...
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Check that fail2ban is running?

I just installed and configured fail2ban. I want to make sure it is working. I don't want to block myself from the server so I can't just login (poorly) a bunch of times. How do I see that fail2ban is ...
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How to restart (or reset) a running process in linux

I have two Linux systems communicating over sockets (Desktop and ARM-based development board). I want to restart (or reset) my client application (running on a development board) when server sends a ...
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what does it mean 'fork()' will copy address space of original process

I'm studying 'operation system concepts' on my own and I'm studying the chp3. process part. There is an example where the 'fork()' function is called and depending of the returned pid value like the ...
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Is it possible to get process group ID from /proc?

In "http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13038143/how-to-get-pids-in-one-process-group-in-linux-os" I see all answers mentioning ps and none mentioning /proc. "ps" seems to be not very portable ...
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Why do some processes end with the letter “d”? [duplicate]

Some Linux binaries end with a "d", for example sshd, httpd, ppd, etc. Why is this so?
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How to get start time for a defunct process on AIX?

When I run the following commands on AIX: 22:root@SERVER:/root # ps -ef | head -1 UID PID PPID C STIME TTY TIME CMD 22:root@SERVER:/root # ps -ef | grep defunct | head -1 ...
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How do I automatically kill the process and restart it to use the updated package? [closed]

Suppose a process is using a package, and I update it in the midst. How do I create a trigger in Linux that automatically kills the process and restarts it to use the updated package
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If processes can't modify their parent's environment, what is MC doing?

As far as I know, a process cannot modify its parent's environment. However, when I run mc (GNU's Midnight Commander, a curses-based file manager) and then quit it, I end up with another $PWD: ...
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How do I get the value of a named option of an already running process in Linux?

I run the following command. ps -e -o args | grep destiny | grep UNIX I receive the following output. /path/to/destiny -r -m UNIX -t TCP -p 1501 What command can I use the get the value of the ...
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How to enable random PIDs on Linux?

I'm currently comparing random PID implementation on OpenBSD, FreeBSD and Linux from security perspective. As long as OpenBSD and FreeBSD are concerned, my work is done. However, while the answer ...
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Can a script be running even after it's been killed?

I know it sounds so stupid, and I know it IS stupid; but I ran a Unix script to send me and my friend emails every few seconds to test mailx. The stupid thing is I used $ while true; do blah blah ...
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How do I know if acct is running? (The Unix system accounting)

I have installed the acct package and it is running because I can see file activity in the log file. I know there is the command accton on to turn it on, but how do I determine that its running short ...
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Does jps lie? If not, what else is this?

I am running dockerized hadoop cdh 4.6.0 with supervisor . I have opened the docker container and tried the following two commands. Got confused a lot. jps 103 -- process information unavailable ...
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Is there an upper limit to the number of zombie processes you can have?

I used to work with an HP-UX system and the old admin told me there is an upper limit on the number of zombie processes you can have on the system, I believe 1024. Is this a hard fact ceiling? I ...
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How do Linux permissions work when a process is running as a specific group?

This is something I haven't been able to find much info on so any help would be appreciated. My understanding is thus. Take the following file: -rw-r----- 1 root adm 69524 May 21 17:31 ...
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How can I kill child processes with start-stop-daemon?

I'm writing a simple web server using nc and bash. It looks like this: #!/bin/bash rm -f /var/run/streamman/out mkfifo /var/run/streamman/out trap "rm -f /var/run/streamman/out" EXIT while true do ...
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Is there any considerations I should take when running untrusted apps as non-root user?

I have to use an application I don't trust (unstable) and I will run it as a non-privileged user so if something bad happens the damage would be limited to the home folder of that user. I removed ...
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Get all files open for writing with pid, recursively

Given a pid, I can get all the files open for writing something like: lsof -p 28827 | awk '$4 ~ "[wW]"{print $(NF-1), $NF}' One of those ends up being a pipe: 28827 232611 pipe I want to look-up ...
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Which process has PID 0?

I'm looking for the process started in Linux which has process ID 0. I know init has PID 1 , which is the first process in Linux, is there any process with PID 0?
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How are zombie processes handled when the parent dies?

Which technique does the Unix system use to remove zombie processes whose parent has terminated?
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Are the states of processes which are ready and scheduled to wait “S”?

In the output of top, the state S means interruptible sleep. What is the state of those processes which are scheduled to be ready and waiting for execution in CPU by the scheduler? Is it S or ...
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How to get the PID of a sub process across to the parent process in a bash shell script?

My shell script is as following: #!/bin/bash ./process1 #It will create a sub process: sub_process1 while [ condition ]; do break done kill -9 process1 and sub_process1 In my script, it will ...
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Is there a need to get rid of a zombie process? [duplicate]

I read somewhere (forgot where) that a zombie process continues to consume the process table entry (concretely the process identifier or PID), and causes a resource leak. Is it correct that a zombie ...
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How to disable core dump generation in Centos (cPanel Server)?

I want to disable core dump generation, How can I disable it ? One of the website keeps generating core dumps every second and eats up all the disk space. OS Details: CentOs cPanel Server ...
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What are pending signals?

When looking at the limits of a running process, I see Max pending signals 15725 What is this? How can I determine a sensible value for a busy service? Generally, I can't seem to find a ...
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Run multiple commands and kill them as one in bash

I want to run multiple commands (processes) on a single shell. All of them have own continuous output and don't stop. Running them in the background breaks Ctrl-C. I would like to run them as a single ...
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Identify process

Every couple of minutes my Mac OSX machine starts running a process that consumes 10% of the CPU. It runs for a couple of seconds and then stops. I can see the process coming up in 'Top', but the name ...
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Is it possible to make an exec call that “returns”?

Is there a way to make the exec system call work like a function call that returns instead of totally replacing the current process image? My motivation is trying to integrate two shells with ...