What exactly does the process stand for in the v$process table.
The following description of the v$process table comes from the Oracle Reference document:
This view contains information about the currently active processes. While the LATCHWAIT column indicates what latch a process is waiting for, the LATCHSPIN column indicates what latch a process is spinning on. On multi-processor machines, Oracle processes will spin on a latch before waiting on it.
The following list shows each column in v$process and what it contains.
ADDR RAW(4) Address of process state object PID NUMBER Oracle process identifier SPID VARCHAR2 Operating system process identifier USERNAME VARCHAR2 Operating system process username. SERIAL# NUMBER Process serial number TERMINAL VARCHAR2 Operating system terminal identifier PROGRAM VARCHAR2 Program in progress BACKGROUND VARCHAR2 1 for a background process; NULL for a normal process LATCHWAIT VARCHAR2 Address of latch the process is waiting for; NULL if none LATCHSPIN VARCHAR2 Address of latch the process is being spun on; NULL if none
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