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

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why does “kill -9 0” end my console session?

I just wonder why kill -9 0 ends my tty console session? What exactly is PID 0, it is not listed on a ps aux?
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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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Launch process as another user/group (in init.d script)

I am editing a init.d script. The init.d script runs a utility script which then runs an process. From either bash scripts how would I make it launch the main process as a specific user and group?
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How can I tell when a process has finished writing to a file?

I have a process which has been spawned from a shell. It is running as a background process and exporting a DB to a CSV file in /tmp. How can I tell when the background process has completed ...
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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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Execute Nohup command with input

In UNIX, I have a process that I want to run using nohup. However this process will at some point wait at a prompt where I have to enter yes or no for it to continue. So far, in UNIX I have been doing ...
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What three files are always opened by a process?

Someone mentioned that there are three different files that a process always opens. What does this mean? What files are they?
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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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What's the purpose of the /proc/pid/mountinfo file?

What's the purpose of the /proc/pid/mountinfo file (with pid being numerical process id)? As far as I can see it reflects contents of the /proc/mounts file but with added information. Also the file ...
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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 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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Finding out with which parameters a program was started

Is there a way to find out for any given process with which parameters it was started?
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How can I create a hard to kill process

I want to create a program that will be difficult to stop (even for the administrator) once it is started (with root privileges). Once started the process should continue to start itself at startup ...
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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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Understanding top and load average

I'm observing a high load average on a certain machine (about 9) in all three load fields. I understand load as the number of processes in state "run" / currently desiring CPU time. Am I correct at ...
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How to check, which limit was exceeded? (Process terminated because of ulimit. )

Let's assume process runs in ulimited environment : ( ulimit ... -v ... -t ... -x 0 ... ./program ) Program is terminated. There might be many reasons : memory/time/file limit exceeded ; just ...
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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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What should interactive shells do in orphaned process groups?

(Re-posting in unix per the suggestion in http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13718394/what-should-interactive-shells-do-in-orphaned-process-groups) The short question is, what should a shell do if it ...
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Is the sum of all PIDs “utime” the total system utime?

In order to measure a user's total CPU time, I'm using the "utime" field out of /proc/[pid]/stat: utime %lu Amount of time that this process has been scheduled in user mode, measured in ...