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I'm using a GUI desktop with my Linux. I have Firefox open. I open a command terminal too. I type "ps", but I don't see a process for Firefox. Why ...
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    The ps command doesn't show a web browser process. Why is that?


    I'm using a GUI desktop with my Linux. I have Firefox open. I open a command terminal too. I type "ps", but I don't see a process for Firefox. Why is that? Is there a flag I can use with the ps command to see it?

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    By default, ps just shows the tasks attached to the current tty, which is the console window you are executing the command in. IE, the firefox browser is running in another (or no) tty. If you want to find the processes that your user account is running, run the command "ps -u userid" where userid is your user ID. Firefox should show up there.
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