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

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How do I know if acct is running? (The Linux user accounting system)

I have installed the acct package and it is running because I can see file activity in the log file. I know there is the command accton on to turn it on, but how do I determine that its running short ...
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What is meant by “a process has open handles to system objects”? [closed]

The following are qualities of a process: virtual address space executable code open handles to system objects a security context a unique process identifier environment variables a priority class ...
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Process is eating all of the CPU time

Is there any magic command to track down which process is starting this perl task that is eating 100% of CPU time? I have this problem on several machines where JBoss AS is installed.
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Which process has PID 0?

I'm looking for the process started in Linux which has process ID 0. I know init has PID 1 , which is the first process in Linux, is there any process with PID 0?
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Contents of stack area of a process

I've been going through some Unix text books and I can't have a clear picture on the contents of the stack area of the process. Can anyone please explain or point out some references?
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Bash operator & not working [closed]

As per the bash reference, we can give a non-blocking command by ending it with an ampersand(&) character. However, when I try the below command its not working: python -m SimpleHTTPServer ...
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Current environmental variables of a process

This question relates to this answer. Is it possible to get the current (not initial) environmental variables of a process by making a child process and checking its initial environmental variables? ...
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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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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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what is a background process?

Here is a common definition of a background process: "A background process is a program that is running without user input. A number of background processes can be running on a multitasking operating ...
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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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Find if a process terminates in a specific amount of time

I am running a program.Inside this program i run a specific command and i use ulimit command to terminate the running of that command if it exceeds an amount of time.To be more clear i run this: ...
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pmap and memory usage

On Ubuntu 12.04, I have several apache2 processes running (the 1130 parent and the children it spawned), and as you can see, they have around 300-400 mb of virtual memory and 10 mb of resident memory: ...
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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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Zombie process cannot be removed or killed [duplicate]

I have a zombie process that refuses to be removed, have tried killall -9 1913 and pkill with no effect. Any help would be very much appreciated.Running Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS. Thank you. ...
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Are zombie processes something I should be concerned about? [duplicate]

I run a server. Should I be concerned about zombie processes? Do they consume any system resources (RAM, process table entry, etc.) that I should be concerned about?
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Run a script when a process throws stderr message

I want to "wrap" a process around another to catch stderr messages when they occur. Use Case I'm using Compass and I have to have a terminal open and see if there is something wrong. My plan is to ...
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Deadlock in a crontab between cron and its child defunct processes

I'm having a strange case of deadlock, where the two processes launched by cron are defunct, but cron does not pick the return code and exit. I don't have access to the root user. myuser@myserver:~) ...
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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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“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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what is the structure of a linux process? [closed]

what is the structure of a linux process? In linux there are processes executed on a address and which use system resources. Can anyone tell me the structure of a process and which parameter ...
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init: is it a user thread or a kernel thread?

init is the first task executed after kernel is loaded, right? Then who is its owner. also I can see [swapper/0] [swapper/1] ..... [swapper/7] having pid 0 PID PPID CPU TASK ST %MEM ...
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Determining the particular processor on which a process is running

I have access to an 8-core node of a Linux cluster. When logged in to the node, I can see a list of processors using this command: more /proc/cpuinfo In my 8-core node, the processors are numbered ...
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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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Bash way to check if a process is already running in the background (and skip re-execution based on that)?

Can I make a bash command line that only runs a certain command if the process is not already running (in the background)? How do I check*, if a command is already running? (so I can add the next ...
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Fix “firefox is already running” issue in Linux

I am trying to open Firefox in CentOS, but I'm getting the following message: Firefox is already running but is not responding and Firefox doesn't open. I tried this in command line: kill ...
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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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Best practices for job/process tracking and multi-tasking

I run 10+ different commands from 10+ different directories, and I need a better process to track everything. I do a lot of debugging, and often times I need to work on multiple issues in parallel. I ...
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AIX why does ps display the process name between square brackets? [duplicate]

On AIX 7 I have a process whose name appears between square brackets in the ps output: PID TTY TIME CMD 7798784 pts/2 0:00 [myproc] 9044154 pts/2 0:00 ps 10485770 pts/2 0:00 ...
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How to know if a specific program is open

Using a command line in terminal, I want to be displayed 1 if a program (for example Firefox or Chromium) is open and 0 otherwise. Edit: By "open", I mean "is running on the current machine and has a ...
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Get PID of the application running in the active terminal emulator

My end goal is to be able to open a new terminal window (urxvt) directly in the current working directory of the program running in the window currently active. I'm currently using the shell (Bash), ...
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Raise Brightness When Maximizing Terminal

I'm looking to raise the brightness when I maximize or foreground the Terminal window which has Vim running. I would like to reset the brightness to normal when I minimize or background that process ...
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How to check if a currently running process is opened by root or user

I'm currently creating a BASH script to kill off processes. I first check if the process is running then kill it. But I would like to add a nested if to find out if that process was opened by root ...
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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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How do I kill 'repo sync' using crontab given it spawns many processes?

I need to 'repo sync' the Android source overnight, as my monthly bandwidth is limited. , I start the 'repo sync' at midnight, then want to kill it at 8am. The following is the command: 2 0 * * * ...
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Identify Tasks/Process which are 7 days old in linux

How can I identify the processes running since 7 days in Linux?
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How to kill all processes that don't have specific parent process?

A parent process should always be running with N children process. I would like to run a script which will show/kill all children processes that don't have a parent process. $ ps faux | grep ...
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process memory usage

What is usually meant by the phrase process memory usage, what does this actually mean, i.e. what does this memory consist of? And what column does it correspond in ps aux output, RSS or VSZ?
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Is grandchild process also child process?

In Unix/Linux terminology, do child processes of a process include grandchild processes of the process?
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What is a process GID and what purpose does it serve?

Reading mod_wsgi's documentation I found you can choose which group to run the worker processes as. I can understand group ownership of files and how only a user who belongs to that group can achieve ...
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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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`ps | grep | kill` aborts my script prematurely [duplicate]

I have a Linux computer that I remotely SSH into using plink on a Windows XP machine. I have the Plink program set to execute commands in a script using automated login: plink -ssh [domain name] -l ...
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Print process ID (PID) of a Matlab instance

To run my Matlab scripts, I've created a shell script to which I give two parameters - the path to the matlab file ($1) and to the log file ($2): nohup time matlab -some_parameters -r "run $1;exit" ...
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How to kill the (last - 1) PID with bash

I know how to kill the last process with kill $! However I would like to kill the last−1 process, i.e. not the last one, but the one before the last one. I tried kill $$(($! -1)) but ...
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Open program as root, close root session but still program is running

When I run my backup script, first I switch to root, mount a truecrypt partition and then run the script. I've noticed that after run truecrypt as root, I can exit the root session and truecrypt ...
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Tracing system call on Ubuntu 12.04

The main task I have to carry out, is to trace the system call of processes in ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Problem is, I am unable to trace them continuously, i.e. as soon as they are added to the system, they ...
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Can I pipe any two processes to each other?

In this page from The Design and Implementation of the 4.4BSD Operating System, it is said that: A major difference between pipes and sockets is that pipes require a common parent process to set ...
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System call tracing [closed]

I am working on system call tracing for host based IDS, i need to trace a process as soon as it entered in the system (a new entry in /proc). Is there any interrupt or signal or kernel datastructure ...
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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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How to trace process scheduling of certain process?

For a project at my university I am researching ways to trace, log and manipulate the process scheduling of certain processes. I would like to launch an number of applications, everyone in a single ...