Daemon
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A program which is often started at the time the system boots and runs continuously without intervention from any of the users on the system. The daemon program forwards the requests to other programs (or processes) as appropriate. The term daemon is a Unix term, though many other operating systems provide support for daemons, though they're sometimes called other names. Windows, for example, refers to daemons and System Agents and services.
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  • Daemon is a UNIX program that executes in the background, ready to perform an operation when required. It is usually an unattended process initiated at startup. Typical daemons (pronounced “demons”) are print spoolers, email handlers, and schedulers that start up another process at a scheduled time.

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  • "Daemon": A process that handles periodic service requests or forwards a request to another process for handling. Daemons run continuously, usually in the background, waking only to handle their designated requests. For example, the httpd daemon responds to HTTP requests for web information.
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