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Essential Linux® Administration: A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners by Serge Palladino, Chuck Easttom

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Chapter 4. Controlling Processes

Controlling processes is a common task for any network or server administrator. In this chapter, we will examine a variety of Linux commands that facilitate the control of processes. Subsequent chapters will use both shell commands and GUI interface methods; however, the bulk of this chapter will focus on the shell commands. The reason is that it is far more common to do these tasks via the shell command, and, in fact, many cannot be done via the GUI.

Before we begin examining specific commands, we should define what we mean by the term process. This word has a variety of meanings in different contexts. When discussing operating systems, the term process usually means an executable that is running in its own memory ...

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