Lab 8: Process Control¶
In this lab you will use the
ps command to monitor processes as you create them using UNIX commands.
Log on to opus3 so that you have a command line shell at your service. Be sure you are in your home directory to start this lab.
Run the C shell program
csh. Did your prompt change?
Now run the Bourne shell
sh. Different prompt again?
pscommand to see that you have three shell processes running.
pscommand with the
lfor long format). Look at the column headed by the symbol
SZ. This is the size of the process in
1Kblocks. Which of the three shells that you are running is the largest? Redirect that line of output to the file
Now terminate the Bourne and C shells by typing the
pscommand with the
-efoption. What is the parent (
PPID) of your shell process? The Grandparent? The Great Grandparent? How far can you go?
What is the name of the program with the PID of 1? What is its parent?
appcommand in the foreground.
Notice that you are stuck. Bring up another window on Opus and kill this process.
Hint: use the command
ps -u $LOGNAMEto find the PID number.
appcommand in the background by adding an
&on the command line.
(Hit the Enter key to get your prompt back)
Now log out by entering the
Log back in and use
psto check on the app process. Is it there? What happened?
This time enter the following command:
find $HOME > files.out 2>/dev/null &
We will now use the
at command to submit the work you have just done. Since the find process may not be finished running yet, we will set the command to be executed just before midnight. The
at command gets its input from
stdin, so you will have to type the following lines:
at 11:59pm at> cat files.out bigshell > lab08 at> cp lab08 /home/mmatera/turnin/lab08.$LOGNAME at> <Ctrl-D>
Note: You don’t type the
at> portion. For the
<Ctrl-D> hold down the
Ctrl key and tap the
D key which must be entered as the first character on the last line. If you get a warning message from the
at command about using the Bourne shell to execute your job, that is ok. The next morning you should see the file,
lab08 in your home directory and have an email acknowledging receipt of your lab. You can submit as many times as you like. After you submit you will receive an email on opus3. Read this email to verify whether your submission succeeded or failed.
I will enter your grade into Canvas. You don’t have to submit there.