What Does Disk and Execution Monitor Mean?
A disk and execution monitor (daemon) is a background process run in computer multitasking operating systems, usually at bootstrap time, to perform administrative changes or monitor services.
Common daemon processes include email handlers, print spoolers and other programs that perform OS administrative tasks. Daemons also perform specified operations at predefined times in response to events.
Techopedia Explains Disk and Execution Monitor
Daemon parent processes are often the initialization process. A process becomes a daemon by forking a child process and exiting the parent process, causing initialization to adopt the child process.
Systems often start daemons at boot time, which to respond to network requests, hardware activity or programs that perform specified tasks. Daemons are also able to configure hardware and run scheduled tasks.
The common methods by which a process becomes a daemon include: