procfs (or the proc filesystem) is a special filesystem in UNIX-like operating systems that presents information about processes and other system information in a hierarchical file-like structure

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Encoding of /proc/<pid>/cmdline files

I am thinking about working with the /proc/<pid>/cmdline files, but I couldn't find any documentation about the file encoding. The only piece of information I could find is located in the man ...
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Why is the size of “/proc/kcore” file so bigger than the physical memory size?

From proc manual: /proc/kcore This file represents the physical memory of the system and is stored in the ELF core file format. With this pseudo-file, and an unstripped kernel ...
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Is there any way to hide kernel threads from ps command results?

When I type ps -ef , there are lots of special kernel thread processes showing. I am not interested in kernel threads; I am only interested in user process/thread. Is there a way that I can hide the ...
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Recover from faking /proc/meminfo

So, without really thinking too much, I ran this script: #!/bin/bash SWAP="${1:-512}" NEW="$[SWAP*1024]"; TEMP="${NEW//?/ }"; OLD="${TEMP:1}0" sed "/^Swap\(Total\|Free\):/s,$OLD,$NEW," /proc/meminfo ...
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cannot read key “net.ipv6.conf.all.stable_secret” in sysctl?

I am running kernel version as followings on an Arch Linux computer: [root@router ~ ]$ uname -a Linux router 4.2.5-1-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Tue Oct 27 08:13:28 CET 2015 and I noticed that every time ...
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This name appears in multiple /proc/interrupts

The name of the interrupt appears as follows: Multiple.. (85:exynos4210-uart) root@test:~# cat /proc/interrupts CPU0 CPU1 CPU2 CPU3 28: 3543629726 1086578047 3268216812 ...
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Linux ps -elf command output, what is Process Flag meaning?

In output of ps -elf command in linux, we can recognize that process flag of 4 and 1, and process flag of 5, (sum of 1 and 4), but what is meaning of process flag 0 ? unfortunately, man does not help ...
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The amount of time since the system was last booted [duplicate]

I have used both uptime and cat /proc/uptime commands. I know the idle time in the later can be greater than running time (multiprocessors). However, when I add both running and idle times, and ...
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Tell fs to free space from deleted files NOW

Is there a way to tell the kernel to give back the free disk space now? Like a write to something in /proc/ ? Using Ubuntu 11.10 with ext4. This is probably an old and very repeated theme. After ...
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Accounting for /proc/net/dev reported traffic

I noticed that according to /proc/net/dev I am constantly receiving around 6Kb/s on my wireless usb interface. But I can't account for anything even close to that with the individual connections that ...
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How can I wake a process from sleep status via signal or /proc?

Many years ago I had an issue with Linux where processes would randomly go to sleep. Back then, I knew a trick with the /proc filesystem to trigger a wakeup of the process. I vaguely remember being ...
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fsync () get the impact of road /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches?

I have been testing the service life of TLC(1000write) SD card (4GB). SD card has been formatted with a fat partition. I am a write (), fsync () on a file of 10M SD card repeatedly. 1st (10M): ...
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How do I read from /proc/$pid/mem under Linux?

The Linux proc(5) man page tells me that /proc/$pid/mem “can be used to access the pages of a process's memory”. But a straightforward attempt to use it only gives me $ cat /proc/$$/mem ...
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How is the data in /proc/* gathered, and how reliable is it? [duplicate]

Recently I've been working with a cluster monitoring tool (ganglia) which aggregates system metrics from /proc/* on each machine. How is the data in /proc/* gathered? Who writes the data there? How ...
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/proc/cpuinfo showing zero cpu clock speed

I saw an interesting issue where the cpuinfo file from /proc filesystem shows the cpu clock speed as zero. It is a physical host with no virtualization. Can someone explain to me some probable reasons ...
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What is the BOOT_IMAGE parameter in /proc/cmdline

I'm currently reading the book How Linux Works and in chapter 5 it talks about Linux parameters. Curious I started to see what were the parameters passed to my installed kernel when it boots up and ...
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Is it possible to get process group ID from /proc?

In "http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13038143/how-to-get-pids-in-one-process-group-in-linux-os" I see all answers mentioning ps and none mentioning /proc. "ps" seems to be not very portable ...
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(standard_in) illegal character when looping through a for loop

I'm trying to get statistics related to processes and general system information. If I do it without looping it runs fine, but if I put it within a loop it just gives me a chained error of illegal ...
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Does SSH access trigger keyboard interrupts?

So, I've been studying the basics for my LPIC-1, and I have a question about /proc/interrupts When consoled into a server, I can see key logging occurring (cat /proc/interrupts | grep i8042 count for ...
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Why number of dirty pages is always 0 on 2.6?

In /usr/src/linux/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt i've found the string: Table 1-3: Contents of the statm files (as of 2.6.8-rc3) ...
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Best way to programatically detect the current host (by hardware features)

I have a hard drive with a Linux installation on it that I like to boot from different physical computers. My question is whether it's possible to programmatically detect which computer the drive is ...
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There is no /proc/bus/usb directory

I'm running a centos VM on ESXi. Does the /proc/bus/usb directory not show up until a USB device is connected? I just added a USB controller to the VM (it previously had non) and ran lsusb: $ ...
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What is /proc/dma? Is it just for legacy support?

I reading a Linux book that told me I can check the dma channels by reading /proc/dma. This is what I see when I run cat /proc/dma: 2: floppy 4: cascade I'm confused because that looks like old ...
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proc system interrupts information

There are many info under /proc For examples, for each process : raw format : cat /proc/< pid >/stat human readable : cat /proc/< pid >/status My goal is to read the info ...
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code generating /proc file system

In my assignment, I have added "casper" flag to task descriptor and it takes only 0, 1, 2 and 3 (default 0). I asked to "modify the code that generates the /proc filesystem so that its behavior is ...
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What happens when I run the command cat /proc/cpuinfo?

What happens when I write cat /proc/cpuinfo. Is that a named pipe (or something else) to the OS which reads the CPU info on the fly and generate that text each time I call it?
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What happened to /proc/sys/fs/relatime_interval?

According to one answer relatime interval can be changed by echo 60 > /proc/sys/fs/relatime_interval but I do not have such a file? Where did it go? $ ls /proc/sys/fs aio-max-nr ...
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Under what circumstances, if any, will the result of reading /proc/cpuinfo change?

What I understand so far is that when a program opens and reads any file under /proc/, the kernel will generate the information on the fly. In the specific case of cpuinfo most of that data is ...
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iotop and ionice -p show a different class/priority for the same process

After running ionice -c2 -n7 <PID> on an I/O-intensive process (VirtualBox VM) and checking the result with ionice -p <PID> it shows best-effort: prio 7 which is expected. But when ...
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What do the fields in /proc/net/ipt_hashlimit/FILE mean?

What do the fields in /proc/net/ipt_hashlimit/FILE mean? These files are created upon iptables -A CHAIN -m hashlimit--hashlimit-name FILE [...] [...] 9 198.51.100.23:0->0.0.0.0:0 80000 80000 160 ...
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How to run free command by crontab

I want to run this command: free && sync && echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches && free -m by cron. That way I can free my RAM and cache in an Ubuntu system. I'm using ...
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Disk I/O latency using /proc/vmstat file

How do I calculate disk read and write latency in Linux? Is it possible to do the calculation using /proc file system? I am using iostat and vmstat command. But I do not understand how the ...
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How to get UID and PID

So here's what I want to do: User inputs a USERNAME. Based on this username, I need to get the list of processes started by this user. I am planning to do this by getting the UID of this user and ...
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How do I find out more about socket files in /proc/fd?

Looking in /proc/$mypid/fd/, I see these files lrwx------ 1 cm_user cm_user 64 Oct 14 03:21 0 -> /dev/pts/36 (deleted) lrwx------ 1 cm_user cm_user 64 Oct 14 03:21 3 -> socket:[1424055856] ...
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How do I check how much total memory my VM has? [closed]

I've tried /proc/meminfo but my permission has been denied.
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“echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches” - Permission denied as root

I am currently having some issues with the cache. It is a little too much right now so I wanted to clear it. I googled and found this little command: sync && echo 3 > ...
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How do I source another process's environment variables?

If I examine /proc/1/environ I can see a null-byte-delimited string of process 1's environment variables. I'd like to bring these variables into my current environment. Is there an easy way to do ...
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Why does a process of a binary with only execute permission remain hidden in “ps” when using hidepid=2, if the user is not root?

I'm using hidepid=2 to mount /proc, so users can't see any but their own processes. A particular binary I want to use has been restricted to rwx--x--x permissions, so only its owner (root) can read it ...
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Is there a way to identify which process turns into Zombie process

One of the ubuntu server has 82 zombie processes. All processes shows '[sh] defunct' as process command. Is there a way to find out which process is becoming a zombie process? I tried checking the ...
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Unable to read /proc/pid/stack file even with proper permissions

As far as i know, i should be able to read a regular file contents if i have the permissions to do so. Following is the output of ls -l stack for the stack file (/proc/pid/stack) for one of the ...
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Portable way to parse /proc/meminfo

I'm having trouble finding a generic code that work, here, for both CentOS 5/6 and CentOS 7 versions pc the /proc/meminfo file. I Want to compute the "Real Used memory" like free does. (amounts ...
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Constant 60KB Shared library memory on /proc/<pid>/maps [duplicate]

In a quest for understanding RAM requirements of system processes, I arrived to analysis of /proc/pid/maps. I have noticed a pattern: many shared libraries have exactly 60KB space allocated in their ...
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Read “/proc” to know if a process has opened a port

I need to know if a process with a given PID as opened a port without using external commands. I must then use the /proc filesystem. I can read the /proc/$PID/net/tcp file for example and get ...
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How to get hard disk information from /proc and/or /sys

How can I get hard disk capacity, usage, etc. using the /proc or /sys filesystems? What file(s) do I need to process to get that information? Does any one know, how to find Hard disk size, usage, etc ...
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What does the “ss -s” result “Total:” value represent? How to get details on each of them?

I am trying to understand what the ss -s result line Total: value represents, along with how this number is related to the other numbers. Note, the following values are equivalent: ss -s Total: == ...
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What is /proc/<pid>/net/dev?

I'm interested in per-process network I/O counters, like those in /proc/net/dev and found what I thought was it under /proc/<pid>, i.e. /proc/<pid>/net/dev. But it seems that was too easy ...
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Linux Performance Measurements using /proc/vmstat

Am new to Linux, Please any one help. I want to calculate Input output performance using /proc/vmstat file? when i run command cat /proc/vmstat | grep pgpg The answer is pgpgin 726854 pgpgout ...
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Memory usage of a given process (using Linux proc filesystem)

I want to know which files from /proc directory and which fields of these files I need to calculate the memory usage of a given pid. I've been using the "stat" file and the "vsize" parameter that is ...
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Wrong eUID in `/proc/PID/status` when SETUID is used

While doing a wargame challenge, I ran into an issue with permissions. The info given by /proc/PID/status is not in adequation with the permissions that should be given to the processus. I am user ...
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Directory in /proc that isn't process dir but start with number?

Quick question. Is it possible to create directory in /proc that starts with number but isn't process directory (where name is PID)? I write software that searches for process directories and I wonder ...