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

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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is it a bad idea to monitor hardware and processes while playing a game or using a CPU intensive program? [closed]

For example, using something like Open Hardware Monitor to check CPU temperature, while running a game in another window. Neither are minimized. Or using Process Explorer with a web browser open as ...
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What is xfce4-indicator doing with over 1GB of my RAM?

I noticed that xfce4-indicator is using up 24% of my RAM (I have 6GB). What's going on here? For comparison, Firefox is using up 18%, and I have a ton of tabs open.
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What can cause a sudden increase in the number of processes at my VPS?

My VPS (Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS ) dies few times a month. Only restarting whole VPS through hosting panel helps. I discovered that the cause of that is a sudden increase of the number of processes. I've ...
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Can't kill firefox process

I have firefox that crashes every so often on my Ubuntu machine. I can't seem to kill the process when this happens. The process' name is /usr/lib/firefox/firefox I've tried: pkill -f firefox pkill ...
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Start process in high priority

When windows starts I see most of the processes start in normal priority. I can manually change the priority of a running process. But what I want is when a particular process starts it be ...
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Why can't I kill a process?

Thunderbird has crashed and all attempts to kill thunderbird.exe are to no avail. I've tried Task Manager and Process Explorer from Sysinternals and simply nothing happens when I select 'Kill'. I ...
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Disable Windows 8 auto ending programs

I often lose my unsaved work because of Windows 8's stupid feature that ends unresponsive programs once the dialog box, "This program is not responding" appears. Are there any options I can disable ...
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Taking control of a program another user started in Windows 7

The company I work for is adding securities per user. We used to use generic log-ins so that multiple people could use a single machine with out restarting our programs. The program takes 2-4 minutes ...
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Why I haven't got right to kill a process from Windows' command prompt?

I'm studying C++ and I have to kill a process (my program I made). But I cant see the process in the Task Manager so I googled how could I kill it from command prompt. When I try to kill: taskkill ...
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Task Manager shows wrong process memory usage [duplicate]

I don't have much info on this one, other than it happened some time ago (can't pinpoint what could've caused it) and a reboot doesn't fix it. Here are a couple of screenshots: I'm completely ...
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Unknown process named 573f2a55-2573-4c9f-ad5d-9d5d-9dbcf14c9281.exe during startup

during startup of up my computer (Windows XP SP3) I had a look on the TaskManager, I noticed a process named 573f2a55-2573-4c9f-ad5d-9d5d-9dbcf14c9281.exe. It took 5600kB of memory and 0% CPU at that ...
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Windows 8.1 high System process CPU usage due to MmTrimAllSystemPagableMemory, why?

Every once in a while (I can't pin down exactly when, but it seems to be correlated with when the computer is idle for a while), the System process on my Windows 8.1 x64 machine suddenly starts using ...
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How to run process in background with output in file after some foreground input/output actions on linux?

I start a process and interact with it (some input actions) in foreground, then it works for a long time, so I put it to bg and logout. I want to redirect error messages in text file, while process in ...
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VBscript process disappears

A few days ago I first noticed that one of my VBscripts just stopped by itself, a few seconds after starting. Turns out that the wscript.exe process gets killed off about 5 seconds after it is ...
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How to determine if process in windows “has no parent”?

I am trying to figure out a way through the Windows command line to determine if a process has no parent. I know all processes technically have a parent that is controlled by the OS or whatever, but ...
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Networking Multiple PCs and using all their processing power for one program [closed]

I would like to use a set of networked computers to work out some processes which would normally take long to do on one. I figured that it might be done faster with networked PCs. These PCs are all ...
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How can I determine if an application is not responding?

I have an application on OSX that repeatedly goes into a Not Responding state and has to be force killed. I was hoping to automate it, but when inspecting the process with ps I don't see anything ...
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How an unprivileged user could kill a process she didn't start?

I stumbled upon something very surprising which I cannot understand on a Red Hat EL 5.6 box : the user hri (which is in the group dba) is able to kill processes owned by user oracle (which is also in ...
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windows-8 : Certain process running under username “DWM-1” and “ANONYMOUS LOGON”

I have window-8 installed on checking the taskmanager I found the following details : dwm(Desktop Window Manager) was running under username "DWM-1". "SandboxieDcomLaunch.exe", "SandboxieRpcSs.exe" ...
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Does “ulimit -Su” limit the number of user processes created in interactive login subshells and tmux sessions created therein?

A few months ago, I wrote a set of bash scripts utilizing tmux to create a simple IDE on an AIX 7.1 server. There is a bug in one of my scripts that will sometimes generate user processes very rapidly ...
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Is there a way to create a process which can be killed by anyone in Linux?

For example, I would like to start running a process in the background SECRETLY on a Ubuntu server , but whenever anybody except me logins to the server, the process must be killed by that user. Is it ...
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How to increase the cpu utilisation of a process in windows 8

I am doing a project for my college using WEKA, I am classifying a very large text file(300MB). But it is a very slow process. I looked in the task manager and I saw that weka uses only 10% of the ...
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list all the information of a process under commandline in osx or linux

Is there any command to list all the information associated with a process, include all parameters in PS command, open files and ports and so on? Thanks!
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Is disabling the Windows 7 Desktop window manager a bad idea?

I'm thinking about disabling the dwm.exe process. It seems that I can do fine without the fancy feature of [Wind]+[Tab], and am generally needing to cut memory. Does it have unintended side-effect?