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I'm able to to show the PID (2nd) column with the below command, but instead I want to show pwdx <PID> and also the COMMAND(8th) column. Thanks in advance, Chirag

ps -ef | grep runner | awk {'print$2'}
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What is your real question? – Hello71 Oct 19 '11 at 3:02

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Instead of using awk to filter ps output, use the ps -o option to get what you want:

ps -e -o pid,comm

That should do what you describe above. See the ps man page for more things to print out.

UPDATE: I see I've failed to use pwdx. Try this on for size:

ps -o pid= -o comm= |
while read LINE
    eval $(echo $LINE |
    awk '{pid=$1; comm=$2; printf "echo -n \"%s  \"; pwdx %s\n", comm, pid}' )

You may need to add flags to ps to get processes you want - the above only shows you your user ID's processes.

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The current directory (pwdx) is not part of the available columns with some if not all ps implementations. – jlliagre Oct 19 '11 at 6:55

If you would like to print col 2 and 8 you just add $8 to the print.

ps -ef | grep runner | awk {'print $2" "$8'}
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The following both work for me:

ps -ef | grep runner | awk {'print$2'} | xargs pwdx


ps -ef | grep runner | for i in `awk {'print$2'}`; do pwdx $i; done

FYI, you will get one that looks like: 3516: No such process which will correspond to your grep runner that will have completed by the time pwdx is called. (Also, for anyone using OS X, pwdx isn't in the default installation.)

EDIT: I just realized that you wanted to return COMMAND, too. This will show all three on one line for each process matching runner:

ps -ef | grep runner | for i in `awk {'print$2'}`; do echo `ps -e -o pid,comm | grep $i` `pwdx $i | awk {'print$2'}`; done
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Here's how I would do it:

pwdx $(ps -ef | grep runner | awk {'print$2'})

alternate syntax:

pwdx `ps -ef | grep runner | awk {'print$2'}`
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pwdx $(pgrep -f runner)|tr -d : > /tmp/1
pgrep -fl runner > /tmp/2
join /tmp/[12]
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ps -e -o pid,comm | 
while read pid cmd; do 
  printf "%s %s %s\n" $pid $cmd "$(pwdx $pid| cut -d " " -f 2-)"

You might get some directories "No such process" if the process ends before pwdx is invoked for it.

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