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

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I can't install new packages and can't update and upgrade

I'm trying to install some program on Ubuntu, but when I try it I got the following error.- E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable) E: Unable to lock ...
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Thin LVM pool frozen due to lack of free space, what to do?

My thin LVM pool got full and some programs hung: device-mapper: thin: 253:4: reached low water mark, sending event. device-mapper: thin: 253:4: no free space available. INFO: task jbd2/dm-6-8:742 ...
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How can I pause/resume rsync

How can I pause an rsync that's running? First time I did Ctrl+C to kill it and used the -P flag to run again. Is this prone to corrupt the current file transfer? Second time I simply put MacOS to ...
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Unrealistically long process times displayed in top

I (partly) manage a small cluster and we are having some problems on a few nodes (running CentOS 6.4). Some processes show exceptionally long run-times in 'top', even though the computer has been ...
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How to keep a process from running?

I can kill a process. But how do I keep that process from being called up again without removing it from Linux? For example, if I run something like netstat to find the port associated with 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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Strange process behaviour on virtualized Ubuntu

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on Windows 8.1 using VirtualBox. I'm approaching to Operating systems and the following program shows a strange result: #include <stdio.h> #include <unistd.h> ...
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Run a command in background that sets env var or define function

> export foo=1 & [1] 9016 [1] + done export foo=1 > echo $foo > I know when running a command with & you spawn a new process and the export foo=1 is not setting env vars in ...
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How can I disown a running process and associate it to a new screen shell?

I have a running program on a SSH shell. I want to pause it and be able to unpause its execution when I come back. One way I thought of doing that was to transfer its ownership to a screen shell, ...
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htop shows only the processes of the user that's running it?

On my old Debian Wheezy I see as a normal user without sudo all processes from all user in htop. On my new Debian Wheezy I only see my own processes. Old system kernel: 3.2.0-4 New system kernel: ...
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Determine the owner of the session of a process

I am trying to implement a way to determine which user is owner of some process's session, in a way that's as cross-platform as possible. In Linux I can trace the process's pty by following the link ...
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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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Starting a process from one terminal from another terminal

I was wondering of there is any method to start a new process or a program from one terminal into other. What I mean is: Let's say I have to run gedit abc.txt, but I don't want it to block my current ...
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How to kill a ghost process? AIX 6.1

oslevel: 6100-05-01-1016 according to topas: root 1769602 1 93 20 112 0 128 32498:07 87.1 0 0 ldmp_pro according to ps: -bash-4.1# ps -ef | egrep -i "1769602|ldmp" ...
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How to know the source of a process in Linux?

In our firm, we are using Fedora 14. Our developers are using Python code to process documents. All are running as root. Somehow they did something and a file came inside which makes lots and lots of ...
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replace `while` with more suitable function so looping would wait for each process to end

I have a bash script that look out for files recursively under multi-sub folders, then use ffmpeg to each file. at debug, it works great if i use echo ffmpeg but the thing is, at real work where it ...
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Kill many instances of a running process with one command

This is one of the questions that has troubled me often. Suppose I have thousand or more instances of any process(for e.g. say the process vi) running. How do I kill them all in one single shot/one ...
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How to change the kernel max PID number? [duplicate]

The default PID max number is 32768. To get this information type: cat /proc/sys/kernel/pid_max 32768 or sysctl kernel.pid_max kernel.pid_max = 32768 Now, I want to change this number... but I ...
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How to monitor CPU/memory usage of a single process?

I would like to monitor one process's memory / cpu usage in real time. Similar to top but targeted at only one process, preferably with a history graph of some sort.
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Determining maximum memory usage for an extremely short process

I have a program I am testing and I need to determine the maximum memory used by the process. I know that in general ps -aux can give me this information, but the process runs in under 1/10 seconds ...
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How to check which process is using most memory

When I check free in one of Prod server it showing 70% of memory is being used: total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 164923172 141171860 23751312 ...
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My /var/log/ is mysteriously filling up GBs in minutes! Any cure before I re-install Debian 7?

Good morning, fellow *nix enthusiasts! I have been using Debian 7 for a while now and after a recent upgrade I noticed I constantly kept running out space on my root partition. I mean to the point ...
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Linux : See CPU usage by a process for the last second

vmstat 1 Above will print virtual memory statistics each seconds. It will also show the CPU utilization for last second. I have a web server at hand which runs httpd and MySQL. I need to find how ...
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Is there a way to really prioritize processes or make Linux respect their priorities?

I know there are process priorities like in other operating systems, going from -20 (most prio) to 19 (less prio) but Linux seems to ignore them. Right now I was building the kernel in the background ...
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Run linux process at very very low priority?

I have regular process that not so important but will consume so much CPU power, and I have another process which is really important, but it spend most of the time idle, but when it got a job it ...
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Slow down just one process to regulate CPU temperature

I have a program. When it is running, the CPU temperature raise from 50 to 80 Celcius, which is my major concern. I can control the CPU frequency to slow it down, but other processes will be slowed ...
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Block network access of a process?

Is it possible to block the (outgoing) network access of a single process?
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Find the PID's of all threads of a process without ps or pidof

So the system I'm working on (BusyBox) has a ps that takes no command line arguments and pidof returns nothing even though it exists within /sbin and points to killall5. Another issue I had is that ...
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how to find out why process is taking more cpu usage

Sometimes load goes high on server for java processes. Multiple java processes are running and consuming high load on server. I want to know how to check that why process is taking too much load.
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Monitoring process activities using system calls only (without utilities like `top`)

I want to obtain information about memory used by different users and different processes which users are running and statistics about those processes like memory consumption, execution speed, etc., ...
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Why can google-chrome with disown survive closing terminal, while not with nohup? [duplicate]

From gnome terminal, I found that google-chrome & disown can make google-chrome survive closing the terminal, while nohup google-chrome & doesn't. I wonder why the difference? My ...
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What is using this network socket?

I'm trying to use NTP to update the time on my machine. However, it gives me an error: host # ntpdate ntp1.example.org 10 Aug 12:38:50 ntpdate[7696]: the NTP socket is in use, exiting What does the ...
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Using ps and watch to observe parent and child process

I got a parent and a child process running, I know their IDs. How do I utilize 'ps' and 'watch' to filter them out, so that I can see their used CPU times? I tried 'watch ps -u USERNAME', but as you ...
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Very large values for utime and stime for foo. Is foo still running?

I am running a program foo It has been running for close to 30 days now (even more) Until around 10 days ago (I cannot be very exact) it used 100% of one cpu on my dual core laptop (it was at the ...
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Is there a way to see details of all the threads that a process has in Linux?

For Windows, I think Process Explorer shows you all the threads under a process. Is there a similar command line utility for Linux that can show me details about all the threads a particular process ...
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Getting the pid's of a program line by line

I can find the pid's of my program instances by issuing command like this: pidof avconv Which is giving me results 16616 16283 16279 16198 16175 16035 15073 14049 4922 But how can I output the ...
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Orphan process's parent id is not 1 when parent process executed from GNOME Terminal

I start a new process from GNOME Terminal and then this process fork a child. But when I killed the parent process the orphaned process's parent id became something other than 1 which represent init ...
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how to get the full command line args passed to a process on unix/linux systems? [duplicate]

I am looking for a reliable way to get the full command line args passed to a process even when these are very long. I do know about ps -f -p <pid> and /proc/<pid>/cmdline, both of which ...
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Discrepancy between reported used memory and sum of application memory usage

I'm running a desktop system that quite regularly suffers from lack of memory, this prompted me to investigate what causes the issue in the first place. Problem is, there's no single process that ...
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How can a background process know its own PID?

I'm using bash on a RH Linux system. Normally, you can get your own PID with the variable $$. However, if a script runs one of its own functions as a background process - that doesn't work; all ...
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How to get start time for a defunct process on AIX?

When I run the following commands on AIX: 22:root@SERVER:/root # ps -ef | head -1 UID PID PPID C STIME TTY TIME CMD 22:root@SERVER:/root # ps -ef | grep defunct | head -1 ...
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Set ionice for a multi-threaded application

I have a program that spawns multiple threads, all of which do fairly intensive IO, running on the background. I want to set the scheduling class to idle so that it doesn't clog up the system; ...
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Change the parent process of a process?

Is it possible to change the parent process of a process? If yes, how? For example, how does screen manage to attach a screen session and the processes running inside it to different shell ...
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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 does disown do? [duplicate]

$ help disown disown: disown [-h] [-ar] [jobspec ...] Remove jobs from current shell. Does disown on a process change the parent process of the process? I.e. make the parent shell process ...
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How do processes, jobs and session relate to each other ? [duplicate]

Could you deliver an answer in a way that does not require too much special knowledge in advance, yet also deliver some deeper insight to a lesser advanced Linux User ?
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Can someone explain exactly what is happening with single quotes and double quotes with process IDs in the below example? [duplicate]

[root@localhost ~]# echo $$ 16991 [root@localhost ~]# bash -c "echo $$" 16991 [root@localhost ~]# bash -c "echo $$" 16991 [root@localhost ~]# bash -c 'echo $$' 21062 [root@localhost ~]# bash -c 'echo ...
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How to compute Linux slab memory leak in GNU/Linux ( proc/slabinfo ) of running process

How to compute Linux slab memory leak in GNU/Linux ( proc/slabinfo ) of running process ? I'm want to free usage is not working properly . I want to way how to check Memory Usage & Memory Leak ...
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List running processes without procfs

I'd like to list running process (like using ps or top), but there is no procfs mounted. The procfs not being mounted is intentional, and is made to prevent malicious user to access systems ...
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Who's got the other end of this unix socketpair?

I want to determine which process has the other end of a UNIX socket. Specifically, I'm asking about one that was created with socketpair(), though the problem is the same for any UNIX socket. I ...