Questions tagged [process-management]

Use this tag when the topic is about system process management. Commands used for this are like ps and kill -9 xxxx and service xyz start|stop|restart and htop, for example. Often used in conjunction with memory management.

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How should I check whether a given PID is running?

I'm writing a Perl script that parses logfiles to collect PIDs and then checks whether that PID is running. I am trying to think of the best way to make that check. Obviously, I could do something ...
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How to manage users' orphaned processes?

I have a service that executes users' scripts which in turn spawn more processes. Some of those processes stop on external conditions that might not take place. Since the the parent is gone (e.g. may ...
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How to check and run a script if it's not running?

I created a pretty simple script called main_start_script that will run 2 python programs in background, code is: python /opt/cuckoo/cuckoo-2/cuckoo.py 1>cuckoo_script/cuckoo_start.txt 2>&1 ...
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Limit the number of mod_mono_server4 process instances to match the number of Apache server processes started up at Ubuntu 16.04 reboot timee?

How do I limit the number of mod_mono_service process instances to match the number of Apache server processes started up at Ubuntu 16.04 reboot time? The way to specify the number of Apache server ...
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Get chrome's total memory usage

Since google chrome/chromium spawn multiple processes it's harder to see how much total memory these processes use in total. Is there an easy way to see how much total memory a series of connected ...
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Pthread scheduler scope variables?

I read that their is 1:1 mapping of user and kernel thread in linux What is the difference between PTHREAD_SCOPE_PROCESS & PTHREAD_SCOPE_SYSTEM in linux if kernel is considering every thread ...
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unicorn + systemd: losing logging after unicorn upgrade

I'm deploying unicorn with systemd for the first time (actually, this is the first time I'm using systemd at all), and I'm using unicorn's "zero-downtime upgrade" trick, or basically: Send USR2 to ...
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Why do processes not fill up empty process IDs

Everybody knows that PID number 1 is systemd (or something equivalent). And every process after that takes another PID, counting up. However when there are 50 processes running (up to PID 50) and ...
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Is there a program like tmux or screen but only for attaching or detaching a session

I was wondering if there was a program like GNU/screen or tmux that would allow me to attach or detach a session with a running process but would not provide all of the other features such as windows ...
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How to find PID of an ongoing job in UNIX?

I executed a shell script which will call some internal applications and will take few hours. Due to some problems, I have to stop or kill that job. For this, first of all, I ran ps -u $uname to list ...
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pgrep full match not work, only part, why?

I use pgrep from procps-3.3.10. If I have executable aout_abcdefgh_ver27, then pgrep aout_abcdefgh_ver27 returns nothing, while ps aux | grep aout_abcdefgh_ver27 returns the expected result: ps ...
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What is the difference between nice and renice?

What is the difference between the two commands nice and renice to manage process priority?
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Job queueing on a single machine

I have a shiny new server for running simulations on, with a pair of Tesla GPUs and 32 cores, running CentOS 7.2. I'd like for multiple users to be able to submit jobs to the server that get queued up ...
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A gzip process regularly runs on my system, how do I figure out what is triggering it?

For a while now, I have had the problem that a gzip process randomly starts on my Kubuntu system, uses up quite a bit of resources and causes my notebook fan to go crazy. The process shows up as gzip -...
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List superuser processes

I am trying to list the superusers processes currently running in my Kali distro. Using "pgrep -f sbin" I figured that would do the trick, however it only lists the PID numbers, not the actual name of ...
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How can I wake a process from sleep status via signal or /proc?

Many years ago I had an issue with Linux where processes would randomly go to sleep. Back then, I knew a trick with the /proc filesystem to trigger a wakeup of the process. I vaguely remember being ...
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What is a “subreaper” process?

The word "subreaper" is used in some answers. Searching Google also turn up entries where the word is "just used". How can I understand what a "subreaper" is?
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Can a zombie have orphans? Will the orphan children be disturbed by reaping the zombie?

As I understand it, a zombie process has died but still exists as a placeholder in the process table until its parent (or init if the zombie is itself an orphan) checks its exit status. And my ...
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How to get the title of the media playing in VLC or other media players using CLI?

I want to get the title of the media playing in VLC using the Command Line. The closest thing I currently have is this command. ps aux | grep vlc The output is pc 27636 2.1 2.3 1261964 ...
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How to kill line of PID?

I have process which created multiple PID's. I want to kill all those PID's. I have tried pkill <process_name>. But PID not getting killed as they were wait to resource releasing. I have ...
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How to show quoted command list?

ps -o command shows each command on a separate line, with space separated, unquoted arguments: $ ps -o command COMMAND bash ps -o command This can be a problem when checking whether the quoting was ...
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Run commands in parallel and wait for one group of commands to finish before starting the next

I have script including multiple commands. How can I group commands to run together ( I want to make several groups of commands. Within each group, the commands should run in parallel (at the same ...
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Signal execution details

I am reading some Linux documentation about 'signals' and I still have these questions making noise in my mind: 1) A 'signal' handler execution is done when the 'target' process receives its ...
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Process management - add daemon process from CLI

I'm looking for process manager which can be controlled from CLI (add, start, stop, delete), so I can control it programmatically. I've tried using https://github.com/circus-tent/circus, but the ...
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Opened file with several million lines: how to close it?

I've just accidentally opened rockyou.txt in Kali Linux on a fairly slow computer. It has now been sitting on the desktop loading the 30million words for over an hour. It is not frozen, as I can still ...
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Get process age from command line [duplicate]

In linux, from /proc/PID/stat, I can get the start_time (22:nd) field, which indicates how long after the kernel booted the process was started. What is a good way to convert that to a seconds-since-...
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Check whether a process is running in privileged mode

I want to check if a specific process is running in privileged mode. If a process is running is privileged mode, necessarily the user running it is going to be root? I've noticed that when I use sudo,...
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Need script to kill python process with low CPU usage

I've created a very large and complex python program and I now know it has a serious bug that I'm having a very hard time pinning down. I'm using this code in a production environment so I need a stop-...
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Kill process instead of panic on hung_task

There are sysctl parameters for hung_task* that allow you to emit error messages or panic if a process is in the D state for some amount of time. Is there anyway way to have the kernel kill the ...
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Difference between closing the terminal using the closing button, and Ctrl-D

When I'm launching a background process and then closes the terminal using the window's closing button, the background process gets killed. However if I close the terminal using Ctrl+D, the background ...
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Why do multiple instances of Mate-terminal have the same PID?

I've noticed, that all mate-terminal instances I start, be it inside a mate-terminal or via a link button, have the same PID. For example, I got something like $ wmctrl -lp <omitted lines that ...
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Which tool can be used to configure the CPU priority of a process?

I know that you can use nice to re assign priorities of processes but which tool can be used to configure the CPU priority of a process ?
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Kill a suspended process?

I was slightly confused by: % vim tmp zsh: suspended vim tmp % kill %1 % jobs [1] + suspended vim tmp % kill -SIGINT %1 % jobs [1] + suspended vim tmp % kill -INT %1 % jobs [1] + suspended ...
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Are blocked and blocked/suspend processes put into the same queue?

In a 7-state process model (new, ready, blocked, running, blocked/suspend, blocked/ready, exit), are processes in the blocked and blocked/suspend states for each event that processes are blocked on ...
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Which process group does my program belong to when started from bash?

If I run a program from bash, then does my program belong to the same process group as the shell, or does it belong to a new process group? As I am making a shell in C, I need to handle the SIGINT ...
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Live monitoring of background jobs

I executed a command like this: nohup some_command &. Now this command is in the background. I can see it with the command jobs. Example output: [1]+ Running nohup some_command &...
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Is there a process logging tool for solaris?

Is there an existing tool for solaris/unix that keeps a history trail of the list of running processes. I'd like to be able to review backwards in time what processes were active/running. I can ...
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How to kill only current process and continue with shell pipe-line?

I have 2 related Doubts about Bash. (Q1) Consider tail -f SomeFile | wc, a fictitious command-line, where tail is used to simulate a command (C1) which runs for a long time, with some output from ...
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kill processes in one line with kill, awk, ps, and grep

I have a few processes that spring up and I am able to print a line of the pgid's that I would like to enter into a kill command. here is what I have: sudo ps o pgid,args | grep mininet: | sudo awk '{...
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How to find and print arguments of a command in ps?

sudo ps o gpid,comm reports something like 3029 bash but the command has parameters --arbitrary -other -searchword is there a way to display these arguments?
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Systemcrash suexec forkbomb.sh ulimits

I got this script named fork.sh: #!/bin/sh forkbomb() { forkbomb | forkbomb & } ; forkbomb If I call it through suexec my whole system will consume 99% cpu. To prevent a normal bash forkbomb I ...
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Systemd and process spawning

Don't normally post here but I am ripping my hair out over this one. I have a Python script that forks when it launches, and is responsible for starting a bunch of other processes. This script used ...
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Find the creator of a task

I would like to find the creator task of an arbitrary task in the Linux kernel. However, I am not sure, if there is a way to do this in general. Normally, you can find the creator of a task via the ...
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One-Liner needed: Stop httpd if running already & Start httpd if not running

As part of a provisioning script for CentOS 7 I am in need to have a one-liner that performs the following. Unfortunately, I have no clue how to achieve that. If httpd is running then stop it If ...
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killing a job running in the background

I have started running a long job by creating a script that executes several commands on 20 or so datasets sequentially. I began in the xterm window with $ script.scr then typed <ctrl-Z> ...
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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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isolcpus doesn't work on Ubuntu 14

I added isolcpus=0 to the end of the following line to the file /etc/default/grub GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash isolcpus=0" The idea, as I understand it, is to reserve core 0 from having ...
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Set the affinity of a process from a shell script as it is being launched

I have a script (.sh) where I launch applications like this #!/bin/sh ./application1 configuration1.cfg param1 param2 param3 & sleep 2 ./application2 configuration2.cfg param1 param2 param3 &...
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Is there a way to suspend an process belongs to shell A and foreground it in shell B?

I knew how to suspend one process and bring it into foreground in current shell, but I have no idea about that If I have run a process in shell A and now I want to bring it into foreground in current ...
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What are some practical purposes for using renice? [closed]

I'm having a hard time finding a purposeful need for using renice more often, and I would like to know if there are any scenarios in which using process prioritization and adjusting it on-the-fly has ...