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

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Run a process to particular/dedicated pid only

I have a c program executable or shell script which I want to run very often. If I want to stop/pause or to notify something I will send signal to that process. So every time I have to check the pid ...
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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 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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How to run java process to be seen not as 'java…' in processes list?

Is it possible to run a Java process in Linux in a way that it could be seen in ps as some sort of alias? It would be easier to restart it when it is down.
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how to ensure a program is always running but without root access?

Currently I need to have a program running all the time, but when the server is rebooted I need to manually run the program. And sometimes I'm not available when that happens. I can't use a normal ...
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Kill a process that keeps restarting

What if 'kill -9' does not work? or How to kill a script which starts new processes? doesn't help me in anyway. I have a python script which starts automatically with another process id using ...
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Which process scheduling algorithm is used by Linux?

The Linux operating system switches between running processes to enable multi-tasking. What algorithm is used to determine when to suspend the execution of the currently running process and which ...
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Wait for background processes to finish with inverse match process ID

I'm looking to run a number of background processes in a loop, but only want to wait for all of those processes to finish, still allowing another background process to continue. After doing some ...
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What does the term static variable mean in unix speak?

From the section 2.7 of the book - The Linux programing Interface named Process memory layout : Data is defined as the static variables used by the program. What is the significance of the word ...
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How to reload a background process?

I have a python script which I would like to run in the background. So I do this: $ nohup python script.py & If I am frequently making changes to the script, I need to terminate the process ...
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How can I test if a program is running from within a script

Let's assume that another user started a bunzip process, and I have a script that I'd like to start running after that bunzip finishes. What's the best way to check from inside my script that the ...
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What is a command line alternative to top for finding current CPU utilization that isn't dependent on screen width?

If I run top -p <myPID> -n 1 with a terminal that isn't wide enough, the CPU utilization % is omitted from the output. When trying to find a process' cpu utilization via bash scripting, this is ...
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I need help with a cronjob to watch for runaway processes and kill them

I have an interesting situation, I have a runaway ruby process - I know exactly how I trigger it. Point is, it got me thinking about runaway processes (CPU usage or memory usage). How would one ...
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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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Process in user mode switch to kernel mode. Then the process will have root privileges?

According to http://www.linfo.org/kernel_mode.html in paragraph 7: When a user process runs a portion of the kernel code via a system call, the process temporarily becomes a kernel process and is ...
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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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Where is the virtual memory stored on hard drive?

If a process wants to access a memory address that is not in physical memory, the OS outsources a page frame from physical memory to the hard drive for later use. Where on the hard drive is this data ...
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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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What is meant by stack in connection to a process?

From the book Advanced programming in the Unix environment I read the following line regarding threads in Unix like systems All the threads within a process share the same address space, file ...
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Which processes should I NOT strace?

I've created a little function for strace'ing a set of the current user's processes by name: function pstrace() { local pattern="$1"; shift; prefixDashP $(pgrep -U $(whoami) $pattern) | ...
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Different between `ulimit -e` and `renice`?

I would like to run a backup script in low CPU and disk I/O. Is there any different between this: #!/bin/bash ulimit -e 19 ionice -c3 -p $$ and this: #!/bin/bash ionice -c3 -p $$ renice -n 19 ...
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How to monitor the last PID assigned by the kernel?

To monitor process creation I'd like to periodically write the last PID assigned by the kernel to any process on the system (not just processes created by the PID-monitoring program) with a time stamp ...
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What after exec() in ls command. Is the parent process printing the output to the console or the child?

I have a simple doubt on execution of the command ls. As per my understanding from the research I have done on the internet, I understood the below points. When we type ls command shell interprets ...
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Please explain the -f option in pgrep

man pgrep says the following about -f option: -f The pattern is normally only matched against the process name. When -f is set, the full command line is used. What does it ...
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bash: disable new process PID message

It may look like this: [2] 2847. I guess the first digit is just an enumeration of processes created from the shell. The second is the PID. Anyway, I never care about that information so it is just ...
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How is FireFox running on a virtual machine that has no display?

I am using a Red Hat virtual machine, accessible only remotely. However when I use the top command, one of the displayed processes taking up the most memory is firefox, located at ...
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How to detect out-bound port from PID

I have several applications that run on random ports. How would I take the pid or the file location and find which port it is running on? Example of desired output: www-data/apache = 80 ...
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Is there a way to tell which file (script, specifically) executed a command?

I'm running Slackware 13.37, and I was wondering if there was a way to tell which script executed a command. I tracked the process and its arguments, but I would like to know where the command ...
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How to list only non-<defunct> processes?

Is there a combination of command-line options for ps or pgrep or some other relatively direct way to determine if a particular process name is actually running (available for normal use).. By ...
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Discovering the number of running and blocked processes in Mac OS X

In Linux, I could discover the number of running and blocked processes running grep "procs_running" /proc/stat and grep "procs_blocked" /proc/stat Is there a way to do it in Mac OS X? ...
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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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Monitoring filesystem activity

Say, I have a program, and I want to monitor its filesystem activity (what files/directories are created/modified/deleted etc.) This program may be capable of spawning further processes, and thus, I ...
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How to find out the reason a command/code was executed on Linux?

I have a complex embedded Linux software running on a gentoo derivative, on which a certain piece of code gets executed regularly every ~84 minutes. Sweeping through the main code to find places where ...
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How does the piping in this command ultimately achieve to kill the process?

I have seen the following line in a bash script for killing a process(in this case started with the command loadgen): ps xww | grep -i "loadgen" | grep "PATTERNMATCH_FACT.xml" | cut -c1-5 | xargs -i ...
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Bind9 — How to find which programs are making which dns lookups?

Using bind9 on a laptop shows lots of nonsense domains when network connectivity is down: Oct 18 19:56:18 lap3 named[1536]: error (network unreachable) resolving './NS/IN': 128.63.2.53#53 Oct 18 ...
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How can I recover suspended processes after restarting X?

I had several instances of Firefox running, which I suspended. I think I used 'the GUI' (KDE's System Activity), which I think is the same as kill -19. Normally this works fine - I can resume the ...
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How to see process created by specific user in Unix/linux

I want to see list of process created by specific user or group of user in Linux Can I do it using ps command or is there any other command to achieve this?
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When vfork is called is parent process really suspended?

As much as I know when vfork is called child process uses the same address space as that of the parent and any changes made by the child process in parents variables are reflected onto parents ...
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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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kill a group of processes with negative PID

kill -TERM -PID is supposed to kill PID and all its child processes. but this doesn't work on openSUSE, it always tell me that no such process -PID no matter what PID i use. So if the negative PID ...
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What process is sending TCP SYNs on Solaris 10?

Some process on my Solaris 10 machine is sending TCP SYNs to a remote machine. The remote machine never responds, so the connection is not established. How do I find out what process is initiating ...
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Understanding ps elapsed time format for long running processes

I'm using a ps command as part of an exercise to identify processes running longer than a given threshold. I'm using the following template to get the elapsed time for a know process command: ps -eo ...
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wait does not wait

If i have a file called myprogram containing sleep 200 date Run this in the background: $ sh myprogram & i want to know when myprogram has completed by using wait command $ cat >notify ...
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Questions on Linux kernel internals

I was reading "Linux device drivers, 3rd edition" and faced a few kernel items I don't quite understand. Hope gurus on this forum will help me out. Does the Linux kernel internally operate with ...
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How to view a specific process in top

Are there any relatively strightforward options with top to track a specific process? Ideally by identifying the process by a human readable value? e.g. chrome or java. In other words, I want to view ...
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How can I get the wall clock time of a running process?

I started a hash check of a large file and don't want to restart it using time. How can I get the wall clock time without using time at the beginning or using date right before I invoke a command?
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Result from kernel returned to what process?

When a process requires actions that require kernel mode, it uses a system call. So, how are the results returned to the process?
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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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Capture complete process structure/stack

There are a lot of java processes running on the server, generally, we capture the PIDs of the java processes using command 'ps -ef | grep java'. In general, the java processes have a lot of jars in ...