In my Ubuntu launcher I have two icons with question marks on them. When I hover my mouse over them they read "Already Executing". What is this and can I remove them? I am an extremely zero-experienced Linux user and would appreciate an answer even I could understand. -Thank you :)
Every program, when runs, is a process. Processes are an important
part of any OS. Each process has its own, unique ID, which is a number.
You can send signals to a process to kill it. This is explained below.
Managing processes, beginner's manual
First open a Terminal (press Ctrl+Alt+T).
A terminal allows you to run commands on your computer,
and see what they output.
Once the terminal is open, type:
Press ENTER to issue the command, and if you had Firefox open,
it will output something like that:
Which means “a process named ‘firefox’ is running and his ID is 14497”.
Now, to kill that process:
PID with the process ID (in this case
14497) of the process
you want to kill. Press ENTER and Firefox will close.
Now, if you run
pidof firefox again, it shouldn't output anything,
because there's no longer a Firefox process running.
All at once
pidof and then
killing is tedious, you can simply run:
killall firefox pidgin
And it'll kill all the processes that are named
If no processes are found, it'll tell you:
firefox: no process found pidgin: no process found