Spied by Aliens Spied by Aliens - 4 months ago 19
Linux Question

How to check contents of unknown .py process?

So I just did a fresh install of Antegros (which is basically Arch with easy installation) using full ISO from official website. I ticked few additional features in installation like printer support, easy firewall, Firefox, etc. I picked XFCE as my DE.

Now right after installation I checked my task manager and there is this odd process running under my user called "applet.py". It consumes 30.3 MiB and sits at 0% CPU usage. It returns my home directory as cwd.

I want to check contents of this py file but I couldn't find a way of doing so after some searching. I can't seem to find anything interesting in /proc/[PID].

How can I read contents of this Python script?

What do you think it actually is? Isn't it kinda odd that py file is running in fresh installation?

Answer

Since you appear to have a pretty minimal (and fresh) install, I would recommend simply searching the filesystem for the file that is running.

Try: find / | grep "applet.py" (this will need superuser permission).

As long as your installation size is sufficiently small, the search shouldn't take too long.

On two Ubuntu installations I have access to, I found applet.py scripts in /usr/share/system-config-printer/ and /usr/share/apport/package-hooks/source_netowrk-manager/.

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