Process Termination

Q3. How is Process Termination done?

Ans. A process terminates when it finishes executing its final statement and asks the operating system to delete it by using the exit () system call. At that point, the process may return a status value (typically an integer) to its parent process (via the wait() system call). All the resources of the process—including physical and virtual memory, open files and I/O buffers—are deallocated by the operating system.

A parent may terminate the execution of one of its children for a variety of reasons, such as these:

  1. The child has exceeded its usage of some of the resources that it has been allocated. (To determine whether this has occurred, the parent must have a mechanism to inspect the state of its children.)
  2. The task assigned to the child is no longer required.

The parent is exiting, and the operating system does not allow a child to continue if its parent terminates.


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