A process is a binary program running continuously on a computer (until terminated) which is managed by the operating system.

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Transparently execute processes on another machine

Situation: At work, we have an in-house tool for data crunching. When a job is triggered, it starts multiple copies of itself in separate processes and communicates with them in order to crunch in ...
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Is a single core process reassigned to some other core automatically when the core utilization is high in linux?

Generally, by default, if a single core process starts to have high core utilization, will it be reassigned to some other core which can handle and unless it is exclusively defined not to with in the ...
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How to find out what process created a certain file after the deed has been done?

I know this question exists. What are my options to get a hold of an application (probably malfunction in code) that creates a "bad file" like in this screenshot: It's always exactly this file, ...
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How to jail a process?

I am creating a tool which will run programs uploaded by my students and test their homeworks from programing class. Their programs read from standard input, do some computations and then write to ...
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What does CPU column means on Process Tab on Task Manager

I have an application in Python that I have deployed in a Client. It shows 25% on CPU column on Process Tab. I wonder what it means or how it affects the CPU? Because most of the processes have only ...
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htop process viewer - set column width

I try to enlarge the htop column's width. I've found a solution here, but it seems very specific and also too difficult. Is there any simpler way to make all the characters in a column visible?
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How can processes detach when I try to kill them?

I have an application on Linux where I have to kill a whole process tree from within an application. The process tree looks like: app └── parent ├── child1 ├── child2 ├── child3 ├── ...
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Weird “Local Address” in lots of processes

I noticed a weird address in the Local Address column in the Network tab of Process Hacker in lots of program that work with internet connection (like chrome, firefox, dropbox, thunderbird etc..). ...
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Limit process ram but force swap instead of kill

I am currently quite frustrated with meteor. I am going to make my own telescope modification via the official repository on my hosting service of choice. The only problem is that meteor builds the ...
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linux: unable to kill non-zombie process

On ubuntu 14.04, I ran an grep command on all the logs, that started to take all memory (~48 Gb). I tried to kill it, with kill -9, sudo kill -9, killall, pkill, whatever, but the process is still ...
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Empty processes on windows 10?

Seemingly empty processes, that formed from me ending actual processes that I have started (names are the same as the processes I opened and ended). They use no memory CPU GPU usage, no descriptions ...
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How to kill mysql with moving pid

I have multiple mysql instances running on OSX 10.10. /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqld stop spits out a bunch of warnings and errors, I'm not sure if they're worth sharing. Here's the first error 16164 [...
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Program does not want to open “Program already running”, how to trick the program into thinking its not? [duplicate]

So I'm trying to run a piece of software which can work perfectly fine as long as you move the data directory in multiple instances. Only it does not want to open more then once, as it detects its ...
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How can I limit the amount of memory available to a running process? [duplicate]

In Windows 7, is it possible to somehow prevent an already-running process from consuming more than a given amount of memory? Microsoft's Application Verifier, as far as I can tell, only allows ...
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What Windows account is used when no one is logged in?

When no one is logged into Windows, (the log in screen is displayed) which user are the current processes running as? (The video/sound drivers, login session, any server software, accessibility ...
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Weird process running every day, I don't know what it is

I have this weird process running every day on my computer. It's called Intelligent Team.exe. It doesn't take much memory, nor it makes my computer run slower, it just runs every day on startup and I ...
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Cant kill a process,gives me “access denied” Error even with admin

Since yesterday I was trying to kill hl2.exe (Team Fortress 2) process and: Task Manager wont show that hl2.exe is running Process Manager&Process Hacker 2 says "Access denied" When tried to ...
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Measure / Monitor Network Traffic and file access of a process (Windows)

I would like to measure/monitor the network/internet traffic of a process. I am using Windows 7. And I would like to see which files this process reads/writes. I was now search several hours, ...
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Java Client SE 8 Process/es and Windows 10 — Something I'm Missing?

So over at the Information Security StackExchange forum I and a few other people have been kicking around a question about a new security protection Oracle apparently added for the Java client player ...
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Find process by thread ID

One of my programs outputs its thread ID for debugging purposes. For testing reasons I'd like to kill the process to which the thread ID belongs. How do I get the process ID if I have the thread ID ...
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High load after killing processes

My Linux home server (a RPi 2 with Raspbian) had a script running every 5 minutes from a cron job (an old rpi2pachube.sh). It usually runs a Transmission daemon. I just discovered that that script ...
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Using `top` to output only the running processes, PIDs and users?

I'd like to run top -n 1 so that it only outputs a list of running processes, their PIDs and the user that has run them (the "COMMAND", "PID" and "USER" columns). I don't need any of the other ...
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How do I debug the “defunct” process causing it's parent to freeze?

I have program (in red hat) which freezes 1 out of 5 times during its run. Now when I see the ps -a or top while it is hung, it shows its status as “defunct.” I want to understand the reason why it’s ...
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Show all files a program has opened

I'm looking for a way to determine all the files a process has opened on Windows. This is different from many (already answered) questions on here because I need to know all files the process has ...
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How to identify terminated Windows process if I still have its PID?

Background: In the middle of my work, license agreement for installing "Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center" suddenly appeared. I'd like to understand what process launched the setup, but using ...
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Doubts regarding multithreading and hyperthreading [closed]

Today I was trying to understand what multithreading and hyperthreading are. However I have several doubts regarding it. In multithreading, what happens when two threads try to modify the same ...
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Upstart: What is the first tracked PID w/o expect, but with script AND exec?

I have some Upstart configs used to start some foreground and blocking processes to run in the background as some kind of "daemons", especially those processes do not fork in any case. What I want is ...
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Kill all tasks with PID above a certain integer with bash

How may I fetch and kill all processes with a PID above e.g 1000? Using commands like ps -A and top is fine for viewing the list of processes, but how would one only get the PIDs? The logic of ...
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Closing open file without killing the process

I have java(yeah java...) application running on CentOS 7. After a while, there are many "deleted" files that bother me. for deleted files used(not the issue): lsof | grep "(deleted)" I found them ...
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What is this permanent connection to Microsoft by Explorer? [duplicate]

Here is a screenshot of Windows Explorer looked deep into using process explorer. I am not sure of the why a connection is required to Explorer? My OneDrive has been disabled and nothing's happening ...
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Essential system processes that is needed for basic Internet connection Windows 8.1/ 10

1: I've been trying so hard for a while to spot the processes that are essential to have a basic Internet connection. by basic I mean third party apps like download managers or Google Chrome be able ...
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Visual Studio made a process I can't kill

Yesterday I was debugging an application. I've stopped the program, modified it then I tried to run it and got this error message: Error 1 error LNK1168: cannot open E:\DEVELOPMENT\Projects\...
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Windows - Kill All Non-Essential Running Processes [duplicate]

I'm trying to fight viruses on extremely badly-infected machines. These are Windows 8 machines running 10-20 processes that need to be forced to quit. Unfortunately, because the viruses auto-execute ...
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On Windows, how can I gracefully ask a running program to terminate?

On Unix or Linux, it's easy to gracefully ask a running application to terminate: you send it the SIGTERM signal. If its process ID is 1234, you can simply run kill 1234 or kill -s TERM 1234 or kill ...
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Prevent application from monitoring other processes running on same machine

Is it possible for a 3rd party application running locally on a Windows 7/8/10 to monitor other services/processes running on the same machine? If so, how would one prevent this?
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Is there a way to manually “hibernate” a process in mac?

Sometimes I have processes running on my mac that I won't be using them for some time (couple of hours). I don't want them "running" at that time, I just don't want to lose their current state. Is ...
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Why is the highest PID 66435 when there are only 277 processes running? [duplicate]

On my OS X/Darwin system, the highest PID is 66435, but there are only 277 processes running. Doesn't this indicate the system is just counting up with PIDs? And, if so, doesn't that mean the system ...
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Why do Windows 10 foreground apps mysteriously launch as background processes?

Occasionally Task Manager shows that "Store", "Settings", and/or "Calculator" are mysteriously running as background processes. There's no corresponding foreground application, just the background ...
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An interrupt of a DMA(=Direct Memory Access) and a running kernel process

Can an interrupt of a DMA(=Direct Memory Access) stop a running kernel process?
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McAfee firewall blocks localhost in subprocess only

This is a programming-related question but seemed more appropriate for SuperUser than StackOverflow. I have installed McAfee (a trial version of LiveSafe -- Internet Security) on my PC. I am running ...
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read operation with two interchanging processes and context switch

P1 and P2 are both processes, different from each other. this is a read operation done on the hard disk: Given above is a diagram of a read instuction in Linux, Is it true that it's better to avoid ...
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How to kill or abort ssh and rsync reliably by parent process

I am calling rsync from my Qt application which in turn uses ssh to sync data from a remote server. The user of my application however could cancel or abort the sync process but the rsync.exe or ssh....
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Preventing program execution with batch file

I am running one batch file in loop continuously. While this .bat file is running it should not allow one particular executable to run. How can this be achieved? Can that particular executable be ...
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Windows 10 background processes - how are they starting?

Task Manager is telling me I have utterly useless processes running in the background, like Candy Crush Saga (which I don't play), and NVIDIA Streamer Service (I don't own an NVIDIA graphics card any ...
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How to find out what system processes an executable/app uses OS X?

I'm trying to find a way to find out what other processes an executable uses so i can block/unblock the app and those processes on my firewall. For example, Google Drive app uses Discoveryd to ...
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Is it ok to kill the sh zombie process?

sh process is zombie but i have doubts killing it in case it will affect the parent crond(31720), since it's in an enterprise server. USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME ...
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bash: monitoring which files are used by a process in real time

Is there any command to track what files are opened / closed / written by program with given PID in real time? I want to: run a program, enable program file operations monitoring, do some stuff in ...
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Starting a Program with Powershell Remoting

Using Windows Powershell, this opens notepad. notepad.exe But this, which is meant to remote into a virtual machine and open notepad there, does not. Instead, the process starts but the GUI is ...
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How do I find what's eating up 1.5GB of my memory?

I have a problem that something eats my memory and now my PC is slow , the task manager doesn't show the process who use that part of my memory i take captures of RAMMAP , resource monitor and ...
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Some processes high CPU usage in Windows 10

I installed Windows 10 and all the driver (BIOS included) from Dell site; luckily my laptop is Windows 10 compatible. 2 processes use a little too CPU, I'm talking about "System" and "Windows desktop ...