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

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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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Running continuous jobs remotely

I'm new to Linux, and I'm probably asking a fairly basic question. How do I run a continuous program on Linux? Basically, I have a program that will continuously check for content on a website. This ...
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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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Difference between process group and job?

What's the difference between a process group and a job? If I type pr * | lpr then is it both a process group as well a job? What exactly is the difference between a process group ID and a job ID? ...
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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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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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Why is I/O uninterruptible?

What is the rationale behind making I/O uninterruptible? What would be the negative consequences if a process handling I/O were allowed to handle a signal?
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Real time processes scheduling in Linux

I have been learning some scheduling concepts. Currently my understanding so far is as below. There are real time processes and non real time processes. Non real time processes can have nice values ...
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Is it possible to transfer a running process to your terminal? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I pause up a running process over ssh, disown it, associate it to a new screen shell and unpause it? It is fairly easy to disown a process, or make it run ...
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list graphical processes from terminal

Do no confuse the question here with how to list processes graphically, that is not what I am asking. In the Terminal, how can i see which processes have a GUI? as in things like firefox, vlc, ...
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Dynamic file content generation: Satisfying a 'file open' by a 'process execution'

I have a read-only file, F. A program, P, that I'm not the author of, needs to read F. I want the content of F to come from another 'generator' program, G, whenever P tries to read F (taking F to ...
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What is the difference between ps and top command?

What is the difference between ps and top command ? I see that both can display information about running processes . Which one should be used when ?
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I need help with a cronjob to watch for runaway processes and kill them

I have an interesting situation, I have a runaway ruby process - I know exactly how I trigger it. Point is, it got me thinking about runaway processes (CPU usage or memory usage). How would one ...
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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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Harddrive I/O per Pid

is there any way to see the disk I/O per pid/process ? Monitorix shows me the following and correct me if I´m wrong, but it looks like that the harddrive is slowing down the whole system: UPDATE #1 ...
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Terminating a bash shell script running in the background

I often use bash shell scripts to run simple commands for many different files. For example, suppose that I have the following bash shell script, called script.sh, that runs the program/command foo ...
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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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Why is the following command killing a system?

Anyone understand the following code , running in bash ? :(){ :|:& };: It seems to be a "fork" bomb on Linux.
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set packet rate limit via iptables

I have a packet rate limit (max. 10 per seconds) which is set by my internet provider. This is a problem if I want to use the AceStream player, because if I exceed the limit I get disconnected. How ...
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Maximum memory usable by a 32 bit RHEL 6 system

I have installed a 32 bit RHEL OS on a 64 bit system. From the wiki page of PAE: The Linux kernel includes full PAE mode support starting with version 2.3.23, with Linus Torvalds mentioning ...
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LD_PRELOAD or similar to prevent network access

I'd like to start a program disconnected from the network (because immediately upon starting it tries to download huge amounts of data, which can be prevented by changing settings as soon as it ...
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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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pkill can't kill processes with parent process id 1

I want to kill the following processes using pkill "run_tcp_sender.sh" or pkill -SIGKILL "run_tcp_sender.sh" root 14320 1 0 2012 ? 00:00:00 bash run_tcp_sender.sh ...
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Find out to which directory a process is writing?

This question is NOT a duplicate of this question Find out current working directory of a running process?, because the writing directory can be different from the working directory. For example, I ...
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Elegantly get list of descendant processes

I would like to get a list of all the processes that descend (e.g. children, grand-children, etc) from $pid. This is the simplest way I've come up with: pstree -p $pid | tr "\n" " " |sed "s/[^0-9]/ ...
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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 can I allow a user to prioritize a process to negative niceness?

I want a user to run a specific process on the system with a negative nice value. I can't simply fork the process to background as this specific program is a minecraft server and I rely on the command ...
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How to kill a process which can't be killed without rebooting?

There are 5 processes which can't be killed by kill -9 $PID and executing cat /proc/$PID/cmdline will hang the current session. Maybe they're zombie processes. Executing ps -ef or htop will also hang ...
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How can you change the process name of Wing IDE from python to something more descriptive

In my process list under Ubuntu (using top/System Monitor) one of the largest memory hogs (200+Mb) was python. I searched a bit for one of my programs to be the cause until I realised this was my ...
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Bash script wait for processes and get return code

I am trying to create a script which will start many background command. For each background command I need to get the return code. I have been trying the following script : #!/bin/bash set -x ...
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What is kondemand?

I have searched the web for the answer of this question but couldn't find a clear answer. Best answer I found was as follows: kondemand is a kernel thread that belongs to the ondemand governor of ...
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why new pid is smaller than the old ones?

Is there any chance the new process's pid is smaller than the existed ones ? I have a daemon process which will restart when be killed, I recorded the pids, and found that the pid first came smaller, ...
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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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When vfork is called is parent process really suspended?

As much as I know when vfork is called child process uses the same address space as that of the parent and any changes made by the child process in parents variables are reflected onto parents ...
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How to get the id of a very short child process if the parent is known?

I'm looking for a way to get the PID of a short child process in Linux. The process is instant from a human perspective. I know the parent process which will spawn the child process. Is there a way ...
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Why do multiple instances of Mate-terminal have the same PID?

I've noticed, that all mate-terminal instances I start, be it inside a mate-terminal or via a link button, have the same PID. For example, I got something like $ wmctrl -lp <omitted lines that ...
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how to run the dialog command with proccess

Please look on my code – ( bash script ) I want to display both dialogs on the screen on the same time, one dialog display the: tail –f from - /var/log/proccess1.log , and the second dialog ...
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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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How is it that I can attach strace to a process that isn't in the output of ps?

I'm trying to debug why our integration tests are taking so long and it looks like they're hanging part way through. I logged onto our test service and saw the following behaviour: root@colossus:~# ...
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Why does't stopping the nginx server kill the processes associated with it?

When I stop nginx like this on ubuntu 12.04, I get the following errors: $ sudo service nginx stop Stopping nginx: nginx. $sudo service nginx start Starting nginx: nginx: [emerg] bind() to 0.0.0.0:80 ...
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How to get environmental variables of a very short process?

I have a very short process for which i want to check the environmental variables for debugging purposes. The process is instant from a human perspective. The example illustrates it better. Example ...
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“ps” command doesn't return to prompt

I have this linux box that I need to maintain periodically. To do that, I issue a ps command programmatically and check the running processes. But as shown in the screenshot, sometimes, the ps ...
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Is there any impact of reaping zombie processes?

I will execute following command for reaping zombie /usr/bin/preap $(ps -ef | grep defunct | grep -v grep | awk '{ print $2 }' | xargs) Is there any service impact of this approach ?
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Difference between owner/root and RUID/EUID

I am relatively new to the concepts mentioned in the question and reading about them from different sources only makes them more confusing. So this is what I understood so far: When we are given ...
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start process (as root) upon user login

I would like to start a process as root upon each user login. The motivation beside this is, that the process will work on encrypted home folder of particular user folder. How can I achieve this?
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Can Process id and session id of a daemon differ?

As far as I understood from different articles and here , a daemon has the following features: Parent Process ID should be 1. No terminal should be associated with the process. The process id, ...
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Are there any alternatives to pidof? (smaller footprint)

Well, I've just found out that with extensive usage of pidof in very short intervals, the seemingly tiny tool can be a great CPU hog. (Source: top) On my older machine, it can easily reach 30 percent ...
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How can I get the pid of a process started this way

#!/bin/bash mkfifo /var/run/out while true do cat /var/run/out | nc -l 8080 > >( while read line do do some stuff done ) done How can I get the pid ...
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How to find out a process gets end?

How can I tell when a given process exits? Like when it's done running and stuff. For instance: # Command 1 wget http://releases.ubuntu.com/14.04/ubuntu-14.04-desktop-amd64.iso # Command 2 echo ...
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How do I start a server via ssh and have it run after I log out?

I ssh into a virtual server and start up a web server. Everything runs as expected. But when I close my terminal on my laptop, the process dies on the virtual server. How do I fix this?