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

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When is SIGSTOP/SIGCONT safe?

I often find myself wanting to pause a long-running operation so I can quickly do something that needs computer power. I find myself scared of using SIGSTOP/SIGCONT. One alternative would be to use ...
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How to know what kernel object process is waiting for in windows

I have javaw.exe and spotify.exe occasionally in state where they can not be terminated. I mean that I can see them only in task manager and not normally running. Terminating does not affect all, they ...
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Command-line Number of thread per process on MacOS

I'd like to be able to get the number of thread per process in command-line and get the exact same number I can see via the Activity Monitor. At the moment the IntelliJ IDEA process (PID 5235) has ...
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How to get rid of zombie processes without parents in Windows 8

I'm trying to deal with a zombie problem. Every process I load in Windows 8 sticks around as a zombie. A couple notes: a restart works, but takes a while. It's a solution, but not my favorite. ...
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How can I tell the exact memory of a process in linux (Ubuntu?

I've found many posts on this website detailing how to find the usage of processes in linux, but most of these return the percent memory/cpu usage per process. I need to know the exact usage per ...
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Cores and threads? How does it all work exactly?

I am confused by this ... if a CPU has 2 logical cores, it can run two programs 100% concurrent, yes? Otherwise, 2 programs on one CPU must be 100% time-divided (can't run independently as the same ...
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Dropbox Desktop keeps uploading after closing

I am using the Dropbox Desktop tool and upload (for my bandwidth) large amounts of data regularly. When I want to e.g. play online I just pause the upload. Since a few days when I pause it, it keeps ...
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Lingering firefox.exe

It seems like every other time I try to launch Firefox, I get an error message saying Firefox is already running. While I see no Firefox windows displayed, investigating the Processes tab in Task ...
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How to kill a process that just won't quit (killall -u username included)

I was fooling around with some applications in my mac (going into contents and trying to change some files, values, etc.) Of course sometimes I get crashes, but I usually just kill the process and ...
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Start Linux process/script via web interface

I have a bunch of Java programs/shellscripts that needs to be manually started every now and then (mostly in the mornings), and stopped every evening (same there). I would like a possibility to start ...
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getmail does not keep track of downloaded emails if process is killed

I am using getmail to archive my Gmail account's inbox. However, every once in a while the process hangs -- probably due to a bad connection with Gmail's IMAP servers. I find that the only way to ...
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How do I end this process?

I want to end this process below : But whenever I try, I get an error : Is there a way to do this ? The process SAPISSVC.EXE is actually an antivirus process. I want to close it because ...
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Create a new process and make it use more than 10% CPU?

Really odd question I know. It's to help demonstrate my university coursework. I'm going to be killing processes that are using more than 10% of the CPU.
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How to kill all processes returned by pgrep

I need to kill a few Python processes. I can get a list of the process numbers using pgrep python, but how can I kill them all at once instead of killing one by one? I'm looking for something like: ...
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Process With No Name: A Possible Linux Rootkit?

Situation When I was looking at gnome-system-monitor one time, I saw a process without a name. Didn't bother me at first. Later, my laptop seemed to be heating up, and would see spikes in CPU ...
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Can't save batch file shortly after running it on Windows 7

I'm working on a batch file in Windows 7 Ultimate. I'm using notepad++ with the runme extension. When I run the batch file and make some changes directly after that, I am not able to save the .bat ...
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Simple http traffic monitor (capture by process) [closed]

I know, questions like this have been asked a lot before. I have a big problem using Wireshark because of the following reasons: It is not able to trace down which process sent/received a packet ...
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How to give 100 percent CPU usage to a process

(windows 8.1 machine with i3) Is it possible to put a process using 100% of my CPU? I have a rather "slow poke" CPU and after a while working with an application, it gets really slow. I'm wondering ...
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Lots of processes going on of the same “DownloadAD (32 bits)”

When I open up task manager it is always a lot of processes with the label "DownloadAD (32 bits)". I know it is HPs own software for finger print logins and stuff so I need the Program. I can remove ...
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SMC.EXE High download from internet only when vpn is connected

I have an issue of data being downloaded whenever the vpn connection is active i.e. the symantec SMC.exe process starts download which causes my internet bandwidth quota gets completed very fast and ...
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How to read the results of PsList?

I'm trying to use PsList from SysInternal to check the RAM used by running processes. The thing is I don't quite understand the results. For example, in the screenshot below, VBoxTray.exe is using ...
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How to name a process for command and kill it later by name?

I need to make a short aux bash script to clear the logcat buffer and output afterwards in a file (new process). The problem is that at every run I need to kill the previous process which dumps in ...
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Init process in linux

Who or Which process is the parent of INIT process? INIT is the first process which is initialized by the Kernel, kernel is not one process, So what is its parent process id value?
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What are the processes SQL Server VSS Writer and DeviceVM Meta Data Export Service for?

I'm cleaning up a Windows XP PC for a friend and I found 2 processes running on startup. SQL Server VSS Writer DeviceVM Meta Data Export Service What are they needed for and is it save to ...
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See processes/programs spawned off by another

I want to see all the processes/exes in memory that are spawned off when I click an application in windows 7, 64 bit. I could use Process monitor to do this, but I am not sure if it is the right ...
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SIGCONT definition, continue or restart?

According to the definition from wikipedia SIGCONT The SIGCONT signal instructs the operating system to **continue** (**restart**) a process previously paused by the SIGSTOP or SIGTSTP signal. One ...
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What's the “System” process on Windows and how to restart it if suspended?

Yesterday, I entered the "Resource Monitor" (using the command "perfmon.exe /res") on Windows 7 in order to check out what process was using my external hard drive, since I wasn't able to remove it ...
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Synergy's synrgyhk.dll suddenly gets linked to random processes

I'm using Windows 8 and from time to time, my Synergy server just stops responding. It doesn't notice that it's not working anymore (the interface doesn't show any error), but re-launching the server ...
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How to stop and continue the process

I used ps -fT pid to manage a bunch of process forked from the specified pid. Now I want to modify some settings so I want to stop the processes whose pid is in ps -fT pid. After the modification ...
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“Combine” multiple processes

I have an application that pops up a ton of processes in task manager (Chrome) and I want to know if there is a program that will wrap itself around them so that only one process is showing. Similar ...
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User still logged in with active processes after disconnected via ssh timeout

I've noticed that when I am disconnected from an ssh session to my server do to inactivity, that my user is not logged out and active processes are still running. When logging back in, running the ...
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linux - kill -9 doesn't work on running process

I have apt-get process running on my server and I cannot kill it. root 26386 99.7 0.0 25588 2844 ? RN 06:52 956:49 apt-get -qq -y update I used kill 26386 first, then tried kill -9 ...
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One particular instance of svchost.exe taking up awful lot of memory. Why?

I have been observing that the process "svchost.exe" in my list of running processes keeps taking an awful lot of memory; close to 550MB at times! There are multiple instances of svchost.exe running ...
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Send non-tmux window to tmux

I have a few terminals open. I'd like to send the processes in those terminals to a tmux session rather than saving, closing, restarting under tmux, and then getting the process back to the state it's ...
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How to check what files a process has written into

I have an Excel application that stores some information somewhere in my computer, and I need to know where that file is located. This Excel file is some kind of Visual-Studio-created Excel ...
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nohup process commands to detect if process is still running and if not, re-run process in lamp stack

I am running nohup to keep a php script running in the background. Is there anyway to ensure the process keeps running? Is there a command that can check to see if the process is still running and if ...
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Extra low priority processes in linux?

On Linux processes have "nice" values ranging from -20 to 19. I wish I could assign even lower priority like 100 so that "background work" will yield as much as possible to other process but still ...
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Pressing ENTER key stops the background tshark process?

After sending the tshark process in the background and pressing ENTER key stop this background tshark process. How do I avoid this? admin@client:~$ sudo tshark -i eth2 -f "udp and src host ...
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How can I confirm if a process is being blocked from communicating on a network?

I have a user system with a third-party vendor product that needs to communicate with the network. We're noticing symptoms that suggests that the program/process is being blocked from communicating ...
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Can a kernel that supports multi-core reduce cpu overhead, reduce cpu overheat

I found only a single core as identified by kernel from /proc/cpuinfo. Therefore I am installing a 686 pae kernel to identify all cores and get multi-core functionality. I read about how a process ...
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Launch each Windows Explorer window in a separete process

Win7 Win64. I configured Windows Explorer in Tools > Folder Options > View > Launch folder windows in a separate process. It is checked, to make sure I rebooted Windows and it was still checked. ...
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Find which processes are using the dedicated video card

I'm working on a simple Bumblebee GUI tool. One of its features is to show a list of processes which are currently using the dedicated video card. For now I list all of the running processes and check ...
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Why does is pid not correct and changing continuously compared against Activity Monitor?

quick question: Assume, I'd like to kill iTunes. In bash/terminal I run: ps aux | grep itunes When I execute this command several times, the pid changes (actually it increments). When having a look ...
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How to find out what process a system tray icon corresponds to?

Is there any way to find out what process created a given icon in the system tray? A new icon has appeared that I don't recognize and I would like to find out what process spawned it.
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Nicing processes and unresponsive computers

I've a of process running on a machine. The machines are 6-core hyperthreaded for an effective total of 12 cores and the process takes 400% of the cpu so 4 cores. I niced the process to +19 for a ...
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Audio is distorted after playing game, “System interrupts” at 15% of CPU Usage

It doesn't happen before. Just yesterday, I played a game and I quit it. I was bored and listened to some music and then the audio is so bad that the quality had distortion. Not just the song, but all ...
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how to see all network requests made by an application [duplicate]

Suppose i have an application running abc.exe, how to see all the network requests made by this application? Wireshark is good to see all the requests from the pc, but is there any filter for requests ...
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What happens on a force quit?

I was using Eclipse. It hanged after a while. When the force quit dialog came up, I pressed on force quit. Then, my Eclipse disappeared! I can't find any trace of it in my system. What happened? ...
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How do I get the number of processes that have been created since the last boot on a Linux machine

How do I get the number of processes that have been created since the last boot on a Linux machine? I want to get it from a C++ program. Which proc file stores it?
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Changing explorer.exe's default path makes explorer processes stay open

I wanted to change File Explorer's default folder to My Computer, using either: %windir%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} or %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe shell:MyComputerFolder ...