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

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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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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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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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Why is the maximum PID in a 64-bit Linux system 2^22?

Why not 2^62, or 2^31 or anything else? What is the maximum value of the PID of a process?
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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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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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Why can I list other users processes without root permission?

Using ps -aux or top, I can list other users running processes, but i'm neither running as root or making use of sudo, why ?
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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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Why do I need dbus?

I recently removed dbus from my system (along with consolekit and polkit). I didn't notice any change (I was running it as system daemon and per-user from .xinitrc). However, many people claim that ...
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Colored output?

When I execute a command from a terminal that prints coloured output (such as ls or gcc), the coloured output is printed. From my understanding, the process is actually outputting ANSI escape codes, ...
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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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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 {id}...
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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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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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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 non-...
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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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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 Unix/...
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How should I check whether a given PID is running?

I'm writing a Perl script that parses logfiles to collect PIDs and then checks whether that PID is running. I am trying to think of the best way to make that check. Obviously, I could do something ...
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Why do some programs return to the shell immediately while others don't until execution is complete?

I have read from the Modern Operating systems book that when a command is run, the shell creates a child process, waits for it until the child has finished execution and then waits for another command ...
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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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Is there a way for shell script to know which program has executed it?

In *nix world, is there a way for shell script to have information about which program has executed it? Example: /path/to/script1 /path/to/script_xyz in this imaginary scenario, script_xyz would ...
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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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Nice and child processes

Can someone tell me what is 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 0....
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Alert when running process finishes

There are a few questions and answers on here with regard to being alerted when a process completes/exits(1, 2) – but these all assume that the user has issued said process themselves, and thus can ...
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How to kill a daemon with its name gracefully?

I usually kill a process with killall. killall markdoc But I am not sure if this command terminates the process gracefully. Does this command achieve graceful termination? If it does not, how can ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Why file-nr and lsof count on open files differs?

I am running into a problem all of a sudden; all my applications and the server was running fine and all of a sudden I see the number of open files shoot up. I am checking it with this command: cat /...
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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 users&...