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

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If computers start counting at 0, why does the init process have a pid of 1?

Not much to put here in the body, the question is self explanatory.
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How can I set the processor affinity of a process on Linux?

The question is all in the title: How can I set the processor affinity of a process on Linux?
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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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When was a process started

To know when was a process started, my first guess was to check the time when /proc/<pid>/cmdline was written/modified the last time. ps also shows a START field. I thought both of these ...
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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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How does systemd survive a kill -9?

Between the recent "Why does 'kill -9 0' end my console session" and "How to get a kernel panic" questions, I got a bur under my saddle and tried kill -9 1 on a mostly up-to-date Arch linux laptop. I ...
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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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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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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 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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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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When you try to terminate a process for good, which option for “kill” should you use?

I am getting a lot of mixed messages from people, and was wondering if it there really is not much of a difference in what you use. kill 'x' killall 'x' kill -9 'x' These are some options I've been ...
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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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What does it mean to have a minus sign as the first character of a command in htop output?

In htop, or other commands that show process status, all bash processes have in the command column /bin/bash but one process has in the command column -bash What does it mean?
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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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Kill all descendant processes [duplicate]

I'm writing an application. It has the ability to spawn various external processes. When the application closes, I want any processes it has spawned to be killed. Sounds easy enough, right? Look up ...
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Can other users view the arguments passed to a command?

If I invoke a command with arguments like so: bob@bob-pc:~$ command -arg1 -arg2 ...can other users view the arguments passed to the command?
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How to find out if httpd is running or not via command line?

I'm working on a small control panel for my server. I need a command that will say if httpd is running or stopped. Will probably be using the same code for other services as well.
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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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If you ^Z from a process, it gets “stopped”. How do you switch back in?

I accidentally "stopped" my telnet process. Now I can neither "switch back" into it, nor can I kill it (it won't respond to kill 92929, where 92929 is the processid.) So, my question is, if you have ...
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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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Why does process substitution result in a file called /dev/fd/63 which is a pipe?

I am trying to understand named pipes in the context of this particular example. I type <(ls -l) in my terminal and get the output as, bash: /dev/fd/63: Permission denied. If I type cat <(ls -...
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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 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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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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view stdout for another pts [duplicate]

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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Why is SIGINT not propagated to child process when sent to its parent process?

Given a shell process (e.g. sh) and its child process (e.g. cat), how can I simulate the behavior of Ctrl+C using the shell's process ID? This is what I've tried: Running sh and then cat: [user@...
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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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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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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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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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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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nohup vs. Screen

In the past, I've used nohup to run big background jobs, but I've noticed that a lot of people use screen in this context. Does screen provide some kind of functional advantage that I am unaware of, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 do I know what service is running on a particular port in linux?

I am trying to run weblogic server on my linux machine and I am getting the following error : ERROR: transport error 202: bind failed: Address already in use ERROR: JDWP Transport dt_socket failed to ...
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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 customer,...
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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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How to identify a process which has no pid?

I have a process which listen to 2 ports : 45136/tcp and 37208/udp (actually I assume it is the same process). But netstat doesn't return any pid : netstat -antlp | grep 45136 tcp 0 0 0.0....
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What's the difference between pkill and killall?

I know that pkill has more filtering rules than killall. My question is, what is the difference between: pkill [signal] name and killall [signal] name I've read that killall is more effective ...
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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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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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Why can't I kill a SIGSTOP'd process with a SIGTERM, and where is the pending signal stored?

I am using Debian stretch (systemd). I was running the rsyslog daemon in foreground using /usr/sbin/rsyslogd -n and I did a Ctrl+Z to stop it. The state of the process changed to Tl (stopped, ...