Running processes

The system setting software.scan.running_processes is used to gather information about running processes on the inventoried server. The functionality is enabled by default, but can be disabled by adding the system setting to the agent configuration file, and then setting it to false.

The scan identifies the running processes and adds them to the file systems scan result. In the scan result sent to the Inventory server, there is no distinction between the software inventoried by the running processes scan and the software inventoried by the file systems scan.

Together with the configuration of file system scanning and package manager scanning, the configuration of running processes makes it possible to create a customized agent configuration that provides resource efficient inventory coverage.


When the agent is run with superuser privileges, information on all processes running on server will be gathered. Otherwise, only the processes that are running as the user running the snowagent will be gathered.