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Old 10-03-2004, 07:26 PM   #1
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Parent PIDs

When I run a program, is there a way I can specify a parent PID for that program? I want all of my X programs (yammi, thunderbird, various dockapps, etc) to be parented to .xsession.
Old 10-03-2004, 07:50 PM   #2
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My first question is why? And no, well at least not that I know of. It all depends on how the program is designed to run, etc. But I'm still wondering why you'd want a parent PID for all your X related programs, etc.
Old 10-04-2004, 06:22 PM   #3
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Why? Because when I end my X session, I sometimes have a bunch of programs floating around still running that chew up memory and sometimes interfere with new instances.
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And having the PPID will change that how?

If a program is written badly and goes AWOL on
exit you won't benefit from all having the same PPID
because in that situation they probably won't respond
to a kill either ...

Old 10-05-2004, 08:32 PM   #5
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Hmm... I thought that when a process is killed, all its child processes are killed as well. So right now i've got
  |               |-fluxbox---xterm---bash---vi
  |               `-xscreensaver
and when .xsession terminates i have:


What I want is:
Not possible?
Old 10-05-2004, 09:45 PM   #6
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For a process to be a child of a parent process, that parent has to spawn that process. I don't know of any way you can start a process and force it to attach itself to a parent.

I guess you could try to put everything you want to start in a ~/.xsession file to start when X does. But just starting a process once X is already started which seems to be what you want to do is not going to work.
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Besides, this won't work anyhow since children are definitely not killed when their parents exit.* Instead they are "adopted" by init, which will clean them up when they exit.

* Unless, in some situations, when you get an entire process group orphaned. See section 9.10 of W. Richard Stevens Advanced Programming the Unix Environment for all the gory details.


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