Daemon (computer software)

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In Unix, and in other computer multitasking operating systems, a daemon (pronounced /ˈdiːmən/ or /ˈdeɪmən/)[1] is a computer program that runs as a background task. This task, rather than existing under the control of a user, is usually started as background process. Normally, daemons have names that end with the letter "d": for example, syslogd, the daemon that handles the system log, httpd, a daemon that handles web requests, or sshd, which takes care of incoming SSH connections.

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