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

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per process swapiness for linux

/proc/sys/vm/swappiness is nice but i want a knob that's per process like /proc/$PID/oom_adj so that i can make certain processes less likely than others to have any of their pages swapped out unlike ...
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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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Is there a way to limit the amount of memory a particular process can use in Unix?

I need to test a process for memory management. I do not have the source, so I need to do all the testing from the OS side. I want to be able to say something like limitmemory 400k -p <pid> ...
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How to view the output of a running process in another bash session?

I have left a script running on a remote machine from when I was locally working at it. I can connect over SSH to the machine as the same user and see the script running in ps. $ ps aux | grep ...
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Where can I see a list of kernel killed processes?

Is there some way I can check which of my processes the kernel has killed? Sometimes I log onto my server and find that something that should've run all night just stopped 8 hours in and I'm unsure if ...
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What happens to the output of a process that has been disowned and lost its terminal?

If I close the virtual terminal, where some process was started, does the output just go straight to /dev/null, or can it pollute memory somehow? Can I anyhow grab the output to continue reading it at ...
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How to tell if a running program is 64-bit in Linux?

In Mac OS X, I could use the Activity Monitor program to see if a running program/process is 64-bit. How do I do that in a Linux OS, regardless of flavour?
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What is the maximum value of the PID of a process?

What is the maximum value of the PID of a process? Also, is it possible to change the PID of a running process?
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What happens when we type a simple command on shell? [duplicate]

I have a simple doubt on execution of a simple command. As per my understanding, when we type a command such as ls on interactive shell, Shell interpretes the command. Shell creates a child process ...
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How can I close a terminal without killing its children (without running `screen` first)?

sometimes I run an app in the gnome-terminal, but then I suddenly have to restart gnome or something. I guess the answer to the question is also useful then I want to disconnect from SSH where ...
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view stdout for another pts

Here is the situation. I left my pc at home doing an rsync from a 2TB hard drive to another 2TB hard drive (it's going to take a while since they are both USB 2.0). I am now at work and I have ssh-ed ...
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How to read environment variables of a process

Linux's /proc/<pid>/environ does not update (as I understand it, the file contain the initial environment of the process). How can I read a process's current environment?
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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 know where a program is stuck in linux?

I am running the following command on my ubuntu server root@slot13:~# lxc-stop --name pavan --logfile=test1.txt --logpriority=trace It seems to hang indefinitely. Whenever this happened on AIX, I ...
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How are the processes in UNIX numbered?

I can't find any pattern when I look at the numbering of PIDs in process table (ps -a), as the PIDs are not subsequent numbers and sometimes there are large "gaps" between those numbers. Is it ...
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Can ps display only non kernel processes on Linux?

How can I ask ps to display only user processes and not kernel threads? See this question to see what I mean...
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init process: ancestor of all processes?

I have always learned that the init process is the ancestor of all processes. Why does process 2 have a PPID of 0? $ ps -ef | head -n 3 UID PID PPID C STIME TTY TIME CMD root ...
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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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How to find out what process is writing to STDOUT?

I have two instances of a process running. One of them is "frEAkIng oUT!" and printing errors non stop to STDOUT. I want to kill the broken process but I have to make sure I don't terminate the wrong ...
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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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After fork(), where does the child begin its execution?

I'm trying to learn UNIX programming and came across a question regarding fork(). I understand that fork() creates an identical process of the currently running process, but where does it start? For ...
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How to see process created by specific user in Unix/linux

I want to see list of process created by specific user or group of user in Linux Can I do it using ps command or is there any other command to achieve this?
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How do I monitor opened files of a process in realtime?

I know I can view the open files of a process using lsof at that moment in time on my Linux machine. However, a process can open, alter and close a file so quickly that I won't be able to see it when ...
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Process Monitor equivalent for Linux?

Is there a Unix/Linux equivalent of Process Monitor, whether GUI or CUI? If it makes a difference, I'm looking at Ubuntu, but if there's an equivalent for other systems (Mac, other Linux variants ...
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Process which locks up, ignores SIGKILL, is runnable (not a zombie or in uninterruptable sleep). What state is it in?

I have a process which several times now has stopped responding and appears to be completely locking up. It doesn't respond to any attempt at strace or peeking with gdb (gdb just hangs on a wait4() ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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What is the difference between running a executable just by name and by appending a dot /slash before it?

This is the output from ls -all command : -rwxr----- 1 subhrcho dba 3600 Nov 13 17:26 jdev -rw-r----- 1 subhrcho dba 1566 Nov 13 17:26 jdev-Darwin.conf -rw-r----- 1 subhrcho dba 347 Mar 6 2009 ...
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Why is SIGINT not propagated to childs process when sent to it's parent process?

Given a shell process (e.g. sh) and it's child process (e.g. cat), how to simulate the behavior of CTRL+C using the shell's process ID? This is what I've tried: Running sh and then cat: ...
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What would cause ps to report uid instead of username?

I have Eucalyptus installed on my Linux machine, and I've noticed that for processes owned by the eucalyptus user, ps reports the userid instead of the username. For example: $ sudo -i -u eucalyptus ...
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Use & (ampersand) in single line bash loop

I have been using this command successfully, which changes a variable in a config file then executes a Python script within a loop: for((i=114;i<=255;i+=1)); do echo $i > numbers.txt;python ...
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Find out what processes are writing to hard drive

On my Lenovo T400 and Ubuntu, the light for hard drive writing keeps flashing. I was wondering if in Linux it is possible to find out what processes are doing I/O to the hard drive? Just like by top, ...
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Why does bash show 'Terminated' after killing a process?

Here is the behaviour I want to understand: $ ps PID TTY TIME CMD 392 ttys000 0:00.20 -bash 4268 ttys000 0:00.00 xargs $ kill 4268 $ ps PID TTY TIME CMD 392 ttys000 ...
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Can I limit a process to a certain amount of time / CPU cycles?

We have a script which runs on our web servers, triggered by customer action, which initiates a unix process to generate some cache files. Because this process acts upon files supplied by our ...
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Is there a way to intercept interprocess communication in Unix/Linux?

For intercepting/analyzing network traffic, we have a utility called Wireshark. Do we have a similar utility for intercepting all the interprocess communication between any two processes in ...
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How can I kill a particular thread of a process?

$ ps -e -T | grep myp | grep -v grep 797 797 ? 00:00:00 myp 797 798 ? 00:00:00 myp 797 799 ? 00:00:00 myp 797 800 ? 00:00:00 myp This shows the process ...
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Is it possible to find the path of a running program?

I have a xmms2d process running, but two possible executable files (in different directories, both in the executable path) that could have spawned it. I suspect that one of those is corrupted, because ...
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Bash script to find and kill a process with certain arguments?

I want a script which kills the instance(s) of ssh which are run with the -D argument (setting up a local proxy). Manually, I do ps -A | grep -i ssh, look for the instance(s) with -D, and kill -9 ...
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How to list processes locking file?

Using flock, several processes can have a shared lock at the same time, or be waiting to acquire a write lock. How do I get a list of these processes? That is, for a given file X, ideally to find the ...
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How can I find which process sends data to a specific port?

I have a service, keeping a certain port open. I'm getting data to it, that I neither expect nor want to get, and I'm trying to pin-point the source of this data. So how can I find which process that ...
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Is there a top-like command that shows the network bandwidths and file accesses of running processes

For example, we'd like to see: PROCESS IF TX RX FILE(regular) R/W prog1 eth0 200kB/s 12kB/s -- -- wlan0 12kB/s 100kB/s -- ...
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What does this process STAT indicates?

If you check the STAT column in above image you will see Ss S S< SN and R+ What does this indicates ? Process states. If yes,Then what is the significance of 'Ss S< SN and R+'?
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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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How do I wait on a program started in another shell

I have a program that does a large a amount of work (takes about 4-5 hours) that gets started by cron when all the data it works with becomes available. Sometimes, when I am waiting for it to finish, ...
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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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Linux: Writing a watchdog to monitor multiple processes

A few years ago, a coworker came up with an elegant solution for a watchdog program. The program ran on Windows and used Windows Event objects to monitor the process handles (PID’s) of several ...