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 get list of all child process spawned by a script

Context: Users provide me their custom scripts to run. These scripts can be of any sort like scripts to start multiple GUI programs, backend services. I have no control over how the scripts are ...
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Why does WMI Provider Host (WmiPrvSE.exe) keep spiking my CPU?

I generally keep my laptop on 24x7, and at the end of the day it's really annoying to have my thighs burnt because over overheating. The overheating seems to be a result of WMI Provider Host ...
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Determining the purpose of a Windows process

In the course of diagnosing a problem, our attention is often drawn to a running process shown in Task Manager. This raises questions such as, "Is this process legitimate?" or, "What does this ...
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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 ...
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How do I find out which program and process ID accesses a given IP address in Windows?

Is it possible to catch, which program is accessing a specific IP address? I found my computer is flooding and wish to check addresses one by one. May be it is possible to set up some audit for ...
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Linux: Kill process on specific port

How to kill a process if its port is known? For example if a process is running at port 12345 then how it can be terminated in linux/ubuntu.
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Kill what ever is running on port 8080

I am trying to run a GAE app on localhost 8080, but it was apparently occupied, even after shutting down and restarting my computer. I ran sudo lsof -i :8080 lo and behold there is something sill ...
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Linux - How to stop a queued command

I have two terminals open: #1 dd command copying 128GB #2 Using Kill command to monitor dd process . I was repeating the monitoring command and accidentally repeated dd command in the second ...
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Why the process in Windows 64 bit only used 2GB of RAM?

To my knowledge, every process in Windows 32 bit only up to 2GB RAM. In Windows 64 bit longer, that number is much larger (about 8TB of RAM) I write an application in C ++ that allows to use more ...
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Why does my System Process use 50% of CPU time?

The System process running on my Windows 7 installation uses almost 50% of CPU arbitrarily. I monitor the process with Process Explorer from Sysinternals. Click the images to enlarge them... ...
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Get wall-clock time of a windows process with command line

Is it possible to get an uptime from a windows process which is not based on the clock settings of the system? A linux-based solution is something like: ps -eo comm,etime With some researches, I ...
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Firewall Rules - Process\Application [closed]

Wouldn't it work if i just modified the process rules? If i block the chrome process that's associated with chrome and leave the application to allowed, would the application still pass the ...
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Is it possible to see a snapshot of all the memory allocations made by a particular process in Linux?

The important data I want about these allocations is the function pointer value which did these mallocs. Otherwise I know of pmap and /proc/[pid]/maps. Both these techniques lack the function pointers ...
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How are memory read, write, execute permissions enforced in the Linux kernel? [on hold]

How is a system able to restrict processes from being able to write to regions of memory set read-only? In particular, how is the Linux kernel able to enforce these permissions, assuming that the ...
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Getting the amount of memory a process is using

I'm trying to retrieve just the amount of memory a process is using. The closest thing I can get is tasklist /fi "imagename eq process.exe" But this returns a bunch of stuff: Image Name ...
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Suspend process according to CPU temperature in Windows 8

Is there is a software or a way to suspend a process according to the CPU temperature? Sometimes when I render video the CPU temperature increases a lot, so I have to suspend the process in resource ...
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How can I see which user accounts are running which processes in Windows 8.1?

I can look at the list of running processes/services by either going to Task Manager, or by typing tasklist in a console window. However, while both of these methods show me the list of running ...
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How to find uptime of a linux process

How do I find the uptime of a given linux process. ps aux | grep gedit | grep -v grep gives me a whole lot of information which includes the time at which the process was started. I am specifically ...
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How to identify which process is running which window in Mac OS X?

I’d like to know if it is possible to identify which process is responsible for creating/managing a window in Mac OS X. For example, when multiple instances of an application are started, how can I ...
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Sharing a Serial port between two process with two different configuration in linux

Is it possible to access a serial port with two process at the same time. one for reading serial data and another for writing serial data.For Reading serial data the process should be configured with ...
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How does Windows deal with process memory or resource exhaustion?

The other day I was working on a Windows 7 32-bit PC, with a few applications running including Firefox. Over time I kept opening new tabs in Firefox until, suddenly, the Firefox window started ...
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Why are there no odd Windows process Ids?

There are many ways to look at the process IDs in Windows, in PowerShell: ps | select Id, ProcessName | Sort Id | ft -AutoSize gives me: Id ProcessName -- ----------- 0 ...
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Windows processes using extremely excessive amounts of RAM, PC completely unusable

I recently have had an issue with multiple Windows 7 PCs around the office. They all have the same issue. They'll be working great with no problems at all and then one day when someone comes in ...
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failover for a process that must run once on any one of multiple nodes

I am looking for a way to have single process run once on any of multiple nodes. should a node become unavailable, the process should be started on one of the other nodes. Example: Node 0: process X ...
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NSCD keeps randomly restarting without paranoia enabled

I've got a few Hypervisors on which the nscd process keeps randomly restarting. I don't know it's going on until monit emails me saying the process has a new pid. Unfortunately, the person that did ...
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Service to restart (safely, then if that fails, forcefully) a few different processes on a schedule

I'm currently running a personal project that basically monitors a few things around the clock. One is a process that uses PhantomJS, and the other scans some other APIs, and sends emails if some ...
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Why sometimes Windows cannot kill a process?

Right now I'm trying to Run/Debug my application in Visual Studio, but it cannot create it because the last instance of the app.vshost.exe is still running. Then, by using the Task Manager I'm trying ...
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How to best manage the run of several processes?

My computer has 6 cores. I have to run 12 processes. Each process takes exactly 10 minutes. I want to consider (for the sake of the argument only) two scenarios: I run 2 processes successively on ...
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How do I kill a process that is dead but listening?

I'm developing an app that listens on port 3000. Apparently there's an instance of it still listening to the port because whenever I start it, it can't create a listener (C#, TcpListener, but that's ...
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Purpose of Omnidaemon?

I have ubuntu 12.04 running(as prime OS) with installed Windows and RedHat in VM, there is Omnidaemon process(in Ubuntu 'system monitor') with multiple instances and it is using almost 95% of the CPU ...
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How to stop one process detecting another is running

I have an application (Utility.exe) that refuses to perform certain operations if it detects another process (Target.exe) is running. I am not certain of the detection method that it uses. It may be a ...
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Why does process read Offset/Length from C: drive?

Below is a clip of SysInternals Filemon in action. What I don't understand is why various processes are reading the C: drive at an offset, rather than reading specific files. I have noticed ...
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what is a handle in windows?

What is a handle? (please look at the following image) A handle is a generic OS term that can be a ticket to an operating system object. Each handle is unique and identifies each object. ...
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How to find the real process that is generating traffic when using OpenVPN

A pretty easy thing to do so it seems but i'm struggling with it. I got some (Windows XP) clients connected via OpenVPN using bridged mode. Now suddenly I started to see higher traffic load from those ...
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Restricting a process to access another process?

Sometimes my PC freezes, when UT2004.exe is running. Everytime this happens the event log's last entry is about an error occured in dwm.exe. Because this only happens, when running UT2004.exe, I ...
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Software for easy detection and storing name of the process, that created file or folder?

Is there any program that can show me in Windows Explorer what process has created some folders or files? It would be great to see not only file name, size, modification date and etc. but also name of ...
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Kill a process with a specific “Command Line” from command line

(Feel free to edit the title if you can think of something better) Is there a command line utility that kills all processes with a specific command line? E.g. kill all processes named "java.exe" with ...
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WMIC Process information doesn't get the status

Executing wmic PROCESS get name,status in an elevated command prompt in Windows 7 will get all running processes, but the status is empty (see screen shot). How can I get the status of currently ...
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Tracing actions carried out by a particular process in Windows 7 and above

I would like to know if there are methods to trace actions carried out by a particular process ? An example is to track an installer making edits to a Windows Registry and adjusting the Firewall ...
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How do I control process/memory visibility between processes? Fine grain control required

Situation: Windows 7 Game requires "bare metal" access for graphics acceleration. Game also has a particularly aggressive/invasive anti-cheat program/system that: Requires administrator access ...
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DD command running for over 17 hours on external 1.5TB drive

I used dd with nohup to erase a 1.5TB disk and now I can't get feedback from the progress.. Since it's been more than 17 hours I am worried... I ran the command with the disk unmounted. The disk is ...
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How can I trigger a notification when a job/process ends?

The place I work at has commands that take a long time to execute. Is there a command/utility that I can use to notify me when the command execution is over? It could be a popup window or maybe a ...
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Kill a hung process

Edit: People are downvoting. Can you guys explain why? So, I'm working on something with batch files, but, sometimes, when I try to close them in the middle of their code, they'll hang. The issue ...
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Windows 7 x64 cannot kill Skype

Skype got stuck, and Windows was unable to kill the process even when the UI had disappeared. I had to restart the computer to get Skype again working. Running as administrator: ...
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ps: How can i recursively get all child process for a given pid

How can I get the entire process tree spawned by a given process displayed as a tree and only that tree i.e. no other processes? The output could e.g. look like 4378 ? Ss 0:10 SCREEN ...
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Why is process not being displayed by TOP

I am running a Mathematica script (this question probably doesn't fit in Mathematica.SE however) and I know that it generally takes up a lot of RAM and loads up my cores. However, althought pgrep ...
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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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What is the RuntimeBroker.exe process in Windows 8?

I was looking through my Task Manager today and saw something called Runtime Broker running: I've never seen this in previous versions of Windows. What is it? What does it do?
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How to determine if an app was launched via open as root on Mac OS X?

In OS X, how can I determine if an app launched via the open command was launched with elevated permissions? I tried as an example sudo open http://www.google.com/, but Activity Monitor doesn't seem ...
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Stopping a process when a given file is accessed

I have a complex script that accesses/creates lots of files, and I'm trying to track down exactly when it creates a file with a given name. What I want is to be able to stop (e.g. as if using Ctrl+Z, ...