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

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How to determine who started a process? [duplicate]

every few minutes I found this process running root 949062 100 0.0 37204 1488 ? R< 05:14 0:51 /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/bin/clamdscan --quiet --no-summary /etc/passwd It's ...
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Why is the PGID of my child processes not the PID of the parent?

So I keep reading everywhere that this command should terminate all child processes of the parent process: kill -- -$$ Using a negative ID with the kill command references a PGID and from the ...
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Launch background processes in one group and later kill them all

The other day I tried writing a script that would kill a PID and all its children processes, but after spending some time on it, I decided it wasn't trustworthy, because sometimes some of the children ...
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Monitoring filesystem activity

Say, I have a program, and I want to monitor its filesystem activity (what files/directories are created/modified/deleted etc.) This program may be capable of spawning further processes, and thus, I ...
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killall <processname> throughout the system [closed]

I'm opening two terminal windows. Terminal 1 - I run process1 Terminal 2 - I run process2 I then terminate both process using Ctrl+Z in each window. I type killall -9 process1 in Terminal 2 , ...
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CPU percentage of a single process

How do I get the average CPU percentage (for every second) consumed by a single process since it starts until it ends (exists)? Could I make this with Top?
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Single instance of script, but only with same arguments

I have this beautiful little code here that will exit from a script if there's another instance of it running: single_instance(){ if pidof -x "${0##*/}" -o %PPID >/dev/null; then exit ...
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Why does `bash -c somecommand` sometimes not leave a bash process?

On an Ubuntu 12.04, with GNU bash, version 4.2.25(1)-release (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu), I tried the following command: $ bash -c 'pstree -s $$' init───sshd───sshd───sshd───bash───pstree $ bash -c 'pstree ...
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detect process eating cpu without: top, htop, ps?

I went thru a problem where I could only guess what process was eating the cpu. My cpu usage was about 80% for all cores at psensor. I tried htop, top and ps -A -o pcpu,pid,cmd --sort +pcpu (the ...
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CGroup Processes Not Terminated even when main process has been killed through Systemctl stop command

I am running systemctl stop process command for some process. Please find the output for systemctl status process below: Loaded: loaded Active: deactivating (stop-sigterm) CGroup: ...
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Meaning of PF_VCPU and PF_WQ_WORKER

do you know what the constants meaning is defined in linux/sched.h: #define PF_VCPU 0x00000010 /* I'm a virtual CPU */ #define PF_WQ_WORKER 0x00000020 /* I'm a workqueue worker */ What ...
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how to suspend other nonrelated processes to allow a proces in interest to occupy the CPU?

Is it possible to first find out what processes are necessary to run a process in interest, and then suspend all other unrelated processes to allow the process in interest to use the CPU as much ...
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How to compute Linux slab memory leak in GNU/Linux ( proc/slabinfo ) of running process

How to compute Linux slab memory leak in GNU/Linux ( proc/slabinfo ) of running process ? I'm want to free usage is not working properly . I want to way how to check Memory Usage & Memory Leak ...
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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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Does this dispatcher produce zombie process?

I have such a dispatcher shell script. while read line do java TestProg $line & done < $tasklist On the zombie process Wikipedia page, it says if a parent fails to call wait, the ...
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How to figure out memory leaks? [closed]

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 on Digitalocean to host my blog. I'm using HHVM + nginx + MySQL. Every few hours (~12h), there's no more RAM left and nginx throws an 502 error. I check the memory usage for ...
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Getting the parent path from a script

I have a bash script foocaller, which calls a ruby script foo: foocaller /path/to/foo Within foo, I want to get the path of foocaller. Following this suggestion, I put the following code to do ...
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get cpu by user

Working with monit I need create an alert that get cpu usage of system users, so: top -b -n 1 -u user1 | awk 'NR>7 { sum += $9; } END { print sum; }' seems a good solution but I'm not sure about ...
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Understanding the difference between pid_max, ulimit -u and thread_max

I am trying to understand the Linux processes. I have confusion on the terms pid_max, ulimit -u and thread_max. What exactly is the difference between these terms? Can someone clarify me the ...
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how to determine how many times pid_max wrapped?

Is it even possible to know that? may be some kind of tests are required to be performed in order to find that information? My system, just after I login, seem to have already wrapped the max_pid, so ...
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Get command PID and send to another [duplicate]

I wanted to know if I can execute a command from the terminal and right after the command started I send its PID to another command to be monitored. I need to do something like this, dd ...
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Why do we need to fork to create new processes?

In Unix whenever we want to create a new process, we fork the current process, creating a new child process which is exactly the same as the parent process; then we do an exec system call to replace ...
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kill pid is not working? [duplicate]

This is pretty weird now. I am trying to kill a process by using its pid but it is not working at all. root@machineA:/home/david# ps aux | grep modelling david 5075 0.0 0.0 1285420 29404 ? ...
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Simulate an unkillable process in D state

For catastrophe testing scenarios on out server environment we're looking for an easy way to make a process stuck in D (uninterruptible sleep) state. Any easy ways? An example C sample code would be ...
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How to terminate remotely called “tail -f” when connection is closed?

I just noticed that if I execute ssh user@remote_host tail -f /some/file , then tail -f /some/file keeps running on the remote_host even if ssh connection is closed! So, after several connects and ...
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What causes /proc/<pid>/* resources to become owned by root, despite the procs being launched as a normal user?

I've noticed that some procs, such as bash, have their entire /proc/<pid>/ resources readable by the user who created that proc. However other procs, such as chrome or gnome-keyring-daemon, have ...
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List of files accessed by application

I want to install propertiary AMD driver but I would also like to know which files were created/changed by installer. Is there some application which can observe (probably by inotify) which files were ...
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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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Obtain user and kernel time of a running process?

Is there way to determine using standard Linux/Unix tools how much a process has spent in User mode and how much waiting for kernel? In other words, exactly the "user" and "sys" values that you get ...
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How to set the process won't be terminated when the terminal stops

[Edit] Make it simple. I invoked java xxx... on Machine A using putty to connect from Machine B. However I cannot reach Machine B. How can I connect Machine A from Machine C to set the running ...
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How can I find the process ID of a command started in another terminal?

If I run sleep 30 in one PuTTY window, how can I find the process ID of the sleep command from another PuTTY window?
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Keeping a process running on server even SSH is closed [duplicate]

I am running long program on server, which is basically Jar file of java program. I want to keep this program running even if SSH terminal is closed, how I can keep this program running on server?
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getting pid of two last commands executed in background and do stuff

I wrote this bash: #!/bin/bash eval "(a command) &" pid1=$! eval "(while kill -0 $pid1; do .... ; done) &" #It creates file.txt after few seconds pid2=$! if [ -s ...
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Run a process to particular/dedicated pid only

I have a c program executable or shell script which I want to run very often. If I want to stop/pause or to notify something I will send signal to that process. So every time I have to check the pid ...
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Is each process considered a thread?

Is a Linux process considered a thread? For example, if I write a simple c program that calls pthread_create to create a new thread in main(), does that mean that I now have 2 threads, one for ...
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Process switch with clone() [closed]

I'm new for Linux. Now, I have to write a c program and use clone() to make process do things asynchronous. I've read the manual of clone(); however, I still don't know how to make it work ...
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WITHOUT using network command lines in linux, how to know list of open ports and the process that owns them?

I want to know which ports are used by which processes in embedded-linux. Since it is simple embedded-linux, there are no network command lines such as netstat, lsof. (only basic command lines such as ...
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How do I shutdown the system after a particular process exits

I am downloading some software; I can see the pid of the download process with top. Let's say it's 1001. How can I make it so that my computer shuts down after process 1001 exits?
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If processes inherit the parent's environment, why do we need export?

I read here that the purpose of export in a shell is to make the variable available to sub-processes started from the shell. However, I have also read here and here that "Processes inherit their ...
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Getting pid of bash script from itself

I have a bash script with doing lot of things called script.sh: #!/bin/bash #It #Is #Doing #Things Is there a way that I be able to get the proccess of script and then kill it after 5 minutes? ...
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daemon causes problem to the device [closed]

Currently I am working on one hardware device and we are calling it as a Unit (there are about 100 units). This Unit is built on Ubuntu 12.04. There is one daemon called dispaly_msg which is used ...
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Is there a way to make your process use less CPU?

I want my device to use less CPU to save battery. I have a program that uses a large amount of it. nice won't help as all it does is change scheduling when CPU is at %100, while I don't want it to get ...
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understand if a shell process is in background?

I keep an instance of mutt idling on a terminal, if it is on index or pager I want it to be able to receive a macro from an external process (AutoKey or xdotool etc..), but the external program need ...
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will the same pid be used after getting killed?

I had a file opened using vim editor. It was in a ssh session and since I had been idle for a long time, the session got closed and I had to establish the connection again. I opened the file again ...
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Bind one process to multiple ports?

I have a socket server running and listening for incoming connections on a non-admin port (i.e. > 1024). I would also like for this process to be able to handle another type of connection on a ...
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Use xdotool in a telnet session

I have to simulate key presses in a telnet session, and everything has to be invoked by a shell script. #!/bin/sh telnet 192.168.1.14 50000 xdotool type "404" However, once the telnet session ...
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Threads vs (Forked) Processes

Linux applications generally fork then exec (with execve() ), but Java applications, and certain Apache MPMs use threading. If forking, uses the fork + exec to spawn a process, what is the high level ...
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How to configure the process open file limit of a user?

The default open file limit per process is 1024 on - say - Linux. For certain daemons this is not enough. Thus, the question: How to change the open file limit for a specific user?
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“Kill the biggest process” button

This laptop has an SSD and therefore I decided to omit the swap. This works well in most cases, but sometimes the RAM gets a bit short and the computer gets really sluggish and tends to freeze up. Is ...
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How can I get the wall clock time of a running process?

I started a hash check of a large file and don't want to restart it using time. How can I get the wall clock time without using time at the beginning or using date right before I invoke a command?