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

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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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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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Alternatives for “lsof” command?

In many cases "lsof" is not installed on the machines that with I have to work, but the "function" of lsof would be needed very much (ex. on AIX). :\ Are there any "lsof" like applications in the ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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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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 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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bash: Run command in background and capture pid [duplicate]

Am writing a bash 4.1 script... Would like run another script (or internal function) in the background... And capture the pid of that background job in a variable in the foreground script... If the ...
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Maintain 100 instances of a program running

I'm currently using supervisord to maintain 100 instances of a script running at once. If any die then it starts up a new one. However it seems to be struggling maintaining larger numbers (>300 ...
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Make a process unkillable on Linux

I'm working on a password manager application, and for security reasons I want to launch an unkillable process. And besides I don't want this program to be a daemon since I need to read from standard ...
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How to send keystrokes (F5) from terminal to a process?

I'm using an Raspberry Pi in combination with Chromium (kiosk mode) to show up some stats. The Pi doesn't have an connected keyboard so I searched for a solution to send keystrokes from the terminal ...
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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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Suspend/resume single process to/from disk

On occasion, we would like to suspend memory-intensive processes on our Ubuntu and OS X servers to temporarily free up some RAM for other jobs. If all we were worried about was CPU usage, a simple ...
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how to find out namespace of a particular process?

I already asked a question about how to list all namespaces in Linux, but there wasn't any correct and exact answers, so I want to find out a method which can help me to find out the namespace of PID ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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ps switches to display PID, PPID, PGID, and SID collectively

I tried ps with different kinds of switches e.g. -A, aux, ef, and so forth but I cannot seem to find the right combination of switches that will tell me the Process ID (PID), Parent Process ID (PPID), ...
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How to stop xargs from badly merging output from multiple processes?

I'm using xargs with the option --max-args=0 (alternatively -P 0). However, the output of the processes is merged into the stdout stream without regard for proper line separation. So I'll often end ...
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How to suspend and resume processes like bash does

this question is a follow-up to: How to suspend and resume processes I have started firefox from a bash session in gnome-terminal. The process tree looks like this: $ ps -e -o pid,ppid,cmd -H 1828 ...
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Under AIX, how can I get the full path of a program bound to a port?

Under Linux I can use netstat -tulpnw and ps, like so: # netstat -tulpnw | grep :53 tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:53 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 1482/named udp ...
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Run multiple commands and kill them as one in bash

I want to run multiple commands (processes) on a single shell. All of them have own continuous output and don't stop. Running them in the background breaks Ctrl-C. I would like to run them as a single ...
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Process descendants

I'm trying to build a process container. The container will trigger other programs. For example - a bash script that launches running background tasks with '&' usage. The important feature I'm ...
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How does a shell execute a program?

If I compile a program using gcc, and try to execute it from the bash shell, what is the exact sequence of steps followed by bash to execute it ? I know fork(), execve(), loader, dynamic linker (and ...
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Why are there many accounts? I'm the only user

I am running an Ubuntu 12.04 desktop system. So far I have only installed some programs (I have sudo rights). When I check the list of users on the system, I see a long list, like more than 20 ...
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Still alive, still alive after kill -9 / SIGKILL [duplicate]

An apache2 process got stuck on my server and caused problems with other services. (original problem: kerneloops after USB hardware disconnect) root@server:~# ps aux | grep apache2 | grep -v grep ...
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Stuck process: is it a bad sign?

Sometimes a few process are in a stuck state. For example: PID COMMAND %CPU TIME #TH #WQ #POR #MREGS RPRVT RSHRD RSIZE VPRVT VSIZE PGRP PPID STATE 99357 plugin-container ...
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Why does the location of Enviroment Variables vary that much?

Reading the book Hacking: The Art of Exploitation by Jon Erickson, I am trying to approximate the address of an environment variable SHELLCODE to exploit a program. Every time I run ...
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The meaning of output of pmap

I wrote main.c in Linux: int main() { while (1){} } When I compile and start it, I can pmap it: # pmap 28578 28578: ./a.out 0000000000400000 4K r-x-- /root/a.out 0000000000600000 4K ...
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How to kill both process and subprocess?

I asked a question to know how to get multiple lines of message from Python's subprocess module. The problem is that in the course of testing, I had to kill the python process that runs gnuchess ...
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Reliable way to jail child processes using `nsenter:`

I know that Linux namespaces, among many other things, can be leveraged to handle restricting and jailing child processes securely without any chance of their being zombied and dumped on init. But I'm ...
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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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How can I track executables created by my user on Linux?

Using Linux, I would like to track the executables that are executed in my name, including the whole command line (in practice, every exec*() done as my own user). A program I do not control is ...
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Print pids and names of processes as they are created

From the question here, the OP wants to repeatedly poll the pid of a process using pidof in a shell script. Of course this is inefficient as a new process must be started for the pidof program ...
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Turning off swapping for only one process with cgroups?

I would like to turn off swapping for only one process. Swap should work as usual for the other processes. How I can implement this with cgroups?
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when does the system send a SIGTERM to a process?

My server program received a SIGTERM and stopped (with exit code 0). I am surprised by this, as I am pretty sure that there was plenty of memory for it. Under what conditions does linux (busybox) send ...
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Negatives of running processes with real-time priority?

The question is as the title says, are there any downsides of running processes with real-time priority (chrt -f 99)? My hypothesis is that this combined with an affinity will ensure that any ...
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Is it possible to know the source (application) of the clipboard?

I've noticed that sometimes clipboard contents become unavailable if the source application (where the content was copied from) is closed. This leads me to wonder if it's possible to know what the ...
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New parent process when the parent process dies

In UNIX, when a parent process disappears, I thought that all child processes reset init as their parent. Is this not correct all the time? Are there any exceptions?
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How to find source of spawning process?

I have a Java process running on a RedHat Linux instance. The problem is it keeps reappearing after I kill it. I am not sure where to look. I've already went to crontab, but no luck. I've looked at ...
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Drop Process Privileges

I have a process that gets started by a damon running as root, now I want to "downgrade" this process's privileges to those of your average user. Is this possible? If yes how? PS: Running unix on a ...
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Are kernel threads really kernel processes?

I've read in many places that Linux creates a kernel thread for each user thread in a Java VM. (I see the term "kernel thread" used in two different ways: a thread created to do core OS work and a ...
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Possible to get SMS/text message notification when process ends/is killed?

There are scripts that will send an e-mail when a server process is finished. However, I do not want to check my email every so often just to see whether a job has finished. Therefore I'd like to get ...
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How do I start a process with a nice value of -20 and not give it root privilege?

I would like to start a process with a nice value of -20. This requires me to use a command like - sudo nice -n -20 matlab. However, this starts matlab as root too. Is there a way to have matlab as ...