The Unix process that created one or more other processes.
Every process except process 0 is created when another process executes the fork system call. The process that invoked fork is the parent process, and the newly created process is the child process. Every process has one parent process, but can have many child processes.
The kernel identifies each process by its process identifier (PID). Process 0 is a special process that is created when the system boots; after forking a child process (process 1), process 0 becomes the swapper process. Process 1, known as init, is the ancestor of every other process in the system and enjoys a special relationship with them.
- Parents anonymous
noun 1. (in Britain) an association of local voluntary self-help groups offering help through an anonymous telephone service to parents who fear they will injure their children, or who have other problems in managing their children
[pair-uh nt-in-law, par-] /ˈpɛər ənt ɪnˌlɔ, ˈpær-/ noun, plural parents-in-law. 1. the father or mother of one’s wife or husband.
- Parent-Teacher Association
[pair-uh nt-tee-cher, par-] /ˈpɛər əntˈti tʃər, ˈpær-/ noun 1. an organization of teachers and the parents of their students, as within a public school, to promote mutual understanding and to increase the effectiveness of the educational program. Abbreviation: PTA, P.T.A.
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