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

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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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Kill only one Java process

I usually run few Java applications, one for server running locally and other for some IDE like NetBeans. And from time to time, after lots of redeployments, my server get stuck on ...
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Set-uid executable and resulting process user

In Ubuntu 14.04, the passwd executable is -rwsr-xr-x 1 root root 47032 gen 27 01:50 /usr/bin/passwd and the ping executable is -rwsr-xr-x 1 root root 44168 mag 7 2014 /bin/ping so (for both) ...
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What does kill 0 do actually?

In the man page, it says: kill [ -s signal | -p ] [ -a ] [ -- ] pid ... pid... Specify the list of processes that kill should signal. Each pid can be one of five things: 0 All ...
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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 getenv("...
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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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Elegantly get list of children processes

I would like to get a list of all the processes whose parent is $pid. This is the simplest way I've come up with: pstree -p $pid | tr "\n" " " |sed "s/[^0-9]/ /g" |sed "s/\s\s*/ /g" Is there any ...
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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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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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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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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 pre-...
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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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Threads vs (Forked) Processes

Linux applications generally fork then exec (with execve() ), but Java applications, and certain Apache MPMs use threading. If forking, uses the fork + exec to spawn a process, what is the high level ...
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Finding the ID of a process and killing it

When ever I need to kill a background process I do ps -e | grep <process_name> Which prints something like this 1766 ? 00:00:13 conky , Then I use the process ID to kill it like so kill 1766 . ...
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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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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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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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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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In bash script, how to capture stdout line by line

In a bash script, I would like to capture the standard output of a long command line by line, so that they can be analysed and reported while initial command is still running. This is the complicated ...
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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 see what processes are running?

I use Ubuntu Server 10.10 and I would like to see what processes are running. I know that PostgreSQL is running on my machine but I can not see it with the top or ps commands, so I assume that they ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to support multiple processes without support for Virtual memory?

Is it possible to support multiple processes without support for virtual memory? I would like to know more about it if so.
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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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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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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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Dump process core without killing the process

Is there a way to get a core dump (or something similar) for a process without actually killing the processes? I have a multithreaded python process running on an embedded system. And I want to be ...
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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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What is meant by “Unknown instance” when restarting a service?

I am trying to get vsftpd file server running on Ubuntu 13.10, I'm unable to connect to the server from another network, although this other network is connected to the server's network and ping is ...
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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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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 find tty from which a particular cmd “scp” is executed

How can I find out who executed a particular command and which terminal was used to run it? Original: How can I know particular cmd is executed by whom and to know about my terminal
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Real time priorities in non real time OS

If I do the following command on my standard Linux Mint installation: comp ~ $ ps -eo rtprio,nice,cmd RTPRIO NI CMD ... 99 - [migration/0] 99 - [watchdog/0] 99 - [migration/1] - 0 [...
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ATOP shows red line vmcom and vmlim. What does it mean?

utility atop shows: ATOP - MyServer 2013/01/07 00:03:57 10 seconds elapsed PRC | sys 2.18s | user 8.33s | #proc 141 | #zombie 0 | #exit 0 | CPU | sys 21% | ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Replace current process by its coprocess/child

I have a program P that expects to receive "Hello" and output "Why?" before providing a feature. This feature is used by other programs that are not aware that it is common courtesy to start a ...
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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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chdir(<directory>) doesn't change directory after exiting to shell

I wanted to make a simple C program to change to my project directory. Its content is as follows: #include <unistd.h> int main() { chdir("/home/enedil/projects/algo"); return 0; } I ...
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Portability of file descriptor links

I've always wondered this but never took the time to find out, so I'll do so now - how portable is the usage shown here of either /proc/$$/fd/$N or /dev/fd/$N? I understand POSIX guarantees /dev/null, ...
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How to determine what instructions a process is executing?

I know about strace and ltrace, but that only tells me what system calls and library calls a process is executing, respectively. I would like to know exactly what instructions a process is executing. ...
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root owned program with setuid bit on

Ping is a a program owned by root with the user id bit set. $ ls -l `which ping` -rwsr-xr-x 1 root root 35752 Nov 4 2011 /bin/ping As I understand it, if a user runs the ping process, then the ...
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How can I start a process with any name which does nothing?

I want to start a process that does nothing but is still running. Say I start a process called sadhadxk, and when I run pgrep -x "sadhadxk" I will get the PID number back, like any normal process ...