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

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mmap() failed: Cannot allocate memory - how do I find out who's complaining?

mmap() failed is popping up in my .xsession-errors in bursts. But there's no indication about what application it is failing with. How do I look into this after it has happened? I usually discover the ...
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Where to find explanation of kernel processes?

I want to know about kernel processes, like [migration], [kswapd], etc. Where are kernel processes like these documented?
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Why is `sudo pkill -HUP -f “nginx: master process”` returning code 129 and no output

I'm trying to trigger a reload of the Nginx master process by using pkill and sudo. The server reloads fine, but I was just curious if anyone knows why the command sudo pkill -HUP -f "nginx: master ...
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wait does not wait

If i have a file called myprogram containing sleep 200 date Run this in the background: $ sh myprogram & i want to know when myprogram has completed by using wait command $ cat >notify ...
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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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Giving input to background processes

Is there any way to give input to background processes or which run as daemon processes? I was coding some Puppet configuration files and I had to push them to some remote machine. For that purpose I ...
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Detailed Per-Process Profiling

I am looking for a way to profile a single process including time spent for CPU, I/O, memory usage over time and optionally system calls. I already know callgrind offering some basic profiling ...
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Save entire process for continuation after reboot

I developed an algorithm for a fairly hard problem in mathematics which is likely to need several months to finish. As I have limited resources only, I started this on my Ubuntu 12.04 (x86) laptop. ...
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Difference between poll_s and ep_poll WCHAN in ps output

When I issue ps -elf|grep python for example on my system, I see these: 1 S 1000 6020 6008 0 80 0 - 9914 poll_s Jul12 ? 00:00:01 python manage.py run_gunicorn -t 3600 -w 8 -b ...
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Rationale for making user space text segment start at 0x8048000

I read somewhere that (at least since Linux v. 2.6) all user-space code is placed at load address 0x8048000 in the virtual memory address space. My own observations confirm this. I have done a cat ...
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Linux running slow with 0 swap left

Our Linux server is responding very slowly. top doesn't show any excessive CPU usage. I noticed that even though there's about 5GB of free memory, the system is using all of swap with no free swap ...
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How to kill a process with a single command?

I want to kill a process, after finding the id in a single step. I currently use these two commands: pidof <name> kill <#number_which_is_result_of_command> How can I write a single ...
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tmux session lost in unknown pts, cause and possible solution?

I was trying to re-attach to a long-running tmux session to check up on a python web-application. However tmux attach claims that there is no running session, and ps shows a tmux process (first line), ...
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How can I kill the top CPU/IO process quickly?

I find that sometimes my Linux will stop responding, so I need to switch to another terminal with CtrlAltF2, and type a command to kill the top CPU usage process or top IO usage process, so that the ...
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bash: disable new process PID message

It may look like this: [2] 2847. I guess the first digit is just an enumeration of processes created from the shell. The second is the PID. Anyway, I never care about that information so it is just ...
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How can I log what software I use the most?

I really like using open source software and would like to help fund further development. Unfortunately, I have limited funds to do so. Being somewhat greedy, I would like to donate to the projects I ...
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Limiting a specific shell's internet bandwidth usage

I want update my linux in one shell but by default wget or axel in updater use all the bandwidth. How can I limit the speed in this shell? I want other shells to have a fair share, and to limit ...
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How to see how many context switches a process makes?

I want to see if my process makes a lot of context switches. I also want to see how manpulating task groups affects the number of context switches.
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In bash, what are potential negative consequences of pausing a process with control-z?

Using bash, one can pause a process with control-z. However, are there any general circumstances or guidelines to beware of where a process would not behave well with being paused? My specific ...
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Quick and dirty way to run a process more than once

I am looking for very simple bash script that would allow me to launch a process a few times. What's essential to me is that after the processes terminate, everything will clean up automatically. ...
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Kill all processes related to an application

I have two processes that are temporarily spawned and I need to kill them. Here are the processes from ps aux david 38329 0.0 5.0 3916476 104624 s002 S 11:33AM 0:17.43 ...
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How to pass data outside process for zenity progress?

Usually this would be a question about how to pass data from a subprocess to a main process, but maybe zenity has some extra quirks so please focus on zenity. Example: #!/bin/sh ( echo "10" ; sleep ...
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Launch independent process [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I close a terminal without killing the command running in it? If I open a terminal emulator, type firefox & and then close the terminal, the process it ...
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How to preload my .so everytime an application executes?

I've successfully used a hook under linux with this article: http://hackerboss.com/overriding-system-functions-for-fun-and-profit/ Now I want to make my .so file load every time espeak loads up. No ...
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Nice and child processes

Can someone tell me what the relationship between a specified nice level and child processes ? for example, if I have a default nice of 0, and i start a script with nice 5, which in turn starts some ...
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Set process exclusivity in Linux

I am trying to measure the performance of a process. I have widely ranging performance measurements on small bit of single-threaded deterministic code that should perform the same every time. I would ...
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How to reload a background process?

I have a python script which I would like to run in the background. So I do this: $ nohup python script.py & If I am frequently making changes to the script, I need to terminate the process ...
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Fork bomb on a Mac?

I just learned about a fork bomb, an interesting type of a denial of service attack. Wikipedia (and a few other places) suggest using :(){ :|:& };: on UNIX machines to fork the process an infine ...
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How can you determine which process scheduler is being used? [duplicate]

I.e. is it the O(1) scheduler, the CFS scheduler, or an older one?
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The TIME field in ps -ef

When I do ps -ef, I see "TIME" field. What does this field mean? From what I understand, this tells the actual CPU time, that the process got (amidst all the context switching). Does the TIME field ...
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How to see complete list of processes in top

When I do 'top', I learn that there are many processes running out of which many are in sleep state. I need to see complete snapshot of all processes at that point. the 'top' is able to show listing ...
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How to know reason of a process going to sleep state and wake it up?

When I do 'top' , I see my perl script process in 'S' state. Is there a way to know, what is making this perl process go in sleep state and ways to wake it up? Any way to debug to give more insights ...
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Need help with understanding output of ps -ef on linux

When I do ps -ef on my Linux box, I get: UID PID PPID C STIME TTY TIME CMD Please help me with meaning of C,TIME. is the TIME , the actual cpu time allocated to the process?
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How do you prevent user from opening a program?

I'm trying to write a script which prevents the concerned user from opening programs (mostly internet browsers) from being run during a certain time (like 1000 to 1200 hrs). This is like a ...
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What's the best strategy to catch mystery process?

I have running processes on my server that get killed every night at midnight. It's at work, I'm not around when it happens and I don't have remote access. The kill occurs very predicably at 23:59 ...
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Why is there a type for process ids (pid_t), but not for file descriptors (fd)?

I see that pid_t is typedef'd in unistd.h, and file descriptors are defined to be int in fcntl.h. But since they are used in similar ways, wouldn't it make sense to have a typedef for file ...
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Set a callback for when a certain process is spawned

The script I'm writing launches process A, which after an uncertain amount of time, launches a child process B. I need the script to execute a command C which depends on process B. But B might not be ...
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Kill all process of users in Ubuntu?

How to kill all process of one user? When I make ps aux I obtain a list of process with several users, and I want to kill all process of user name1 for example! What's a command to do that in Ubuntu? ...
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Need explanation on Resident Set Size/Virtual Size

I found that pidstat would be a good tool to monitor processes. I want to calculate the average memory usage of a particular process. Here is an example output: 02:34:36 PM PID minflt/s ...
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Get process list with logical intersection of selectors?

The Linux ps command allows multiple selectors, such as user and command name, but always returns the logical OR of those selectors (more than I want). Does anyone know of a method or tool already ...
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Process Migration Scripting

I want to write some shell script which can perform the process migration from one node to another. Is it possible ? Can somebody please help me scripting this. What all should I know before coding ...
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Preventing program from using internet

Is there a way to block certain programs from being able to connect to the internet in Debian (a firewall blocking outgoing connections), so for example, to block a windows program running in wine ...
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Redirecting/grep'ing an existing shell's STDOUT

I run a lot of long running processes (simulations) that print progress to STDOUT. I occasionally forget to redirect to STDOUT to a file I can grep, and it's usually too far along to restart. ...
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Force change of a user's cwd as root

I'm looking to change a user's process such that I can set it's cwd. Related, and secondary to the question, I have a filesystem I want to unmount but a user is sitting on it with a bash process. I ...
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How to kill a ghost process? AIX 6.1

oslevel: 6100-05-01-1016 according to topas: root 1769602 1 93 20 112 0 128 32498:07 87.1 0 0 ldmp_pro according to ps: -bash-4.1# ps -ef | egrep -i "1769602|ldmp" ...
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How is /proc/self implemented in Linux?

I was tinkering around with the /proc filesystem in Linux, and I came across /proc/self, which is a symbolic link to the process directory of the current process. I would like to know how it is ...
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How often is PSS value updated for a given process in /proc/pid/smaps

So if n processes are sharing a library L with size M then the contribution to their PSS is M/n. Now imagine one of the process terminates. So the contribution would be M/(n-1). Q1: My question is ...
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How to track file change

nsswitch.conf file always corrupts somehow. I do restore from my backup every time it corrupt. When this file corrupts, its time stamp is changing. Now I wonder if there is a way to track that file ? ...
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Write inside a socket open by another process in Linux

Is it possible on Linux for a process to write inside a socket open by another one? Let's say I open a connection to google.com using netcat: myuser@linux:~$ nc google.com 80 Now I can lookup for ...
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Is there a way to identify which process turns into Zombie process

One of the ubuntu server has 82 zombie processes. All processes shows '[sh] defunct' as process command. Is there a way to find out which process is becoming a zombie process? I tried checking the ...