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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Why remount of /proc/sys is not global or does not persist in network namespace inside LXC

I have host running RHEL-7.2. Inside that running LXC. Inside LXC creating network namespaces. Inside the namespace changing sysctl variables was failing (as root): $ ip netns add testns $ ip netns ...
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Read the stack of another process?

I'm trying to read a child process's stack but with no luck. I know it is possible using ptrace, but ptrace's interface allows you to read only one word at a time, and I'm trying to scan a larger ...
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Owner can't read /proc/$pid/io

On CentOS 7, I am trying to debug an issue where the nginx amplify agent cannot read /proc/$pid/io even though it is owned by the proper user. One of the nginx worker processes right now is pid 5693: ...
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What's the meaning of the letter 's' in file name “/proc/$$/smaps”?

I know /proc/$$/maps means sections in a process' virtual address space. However, I cannot guess the meaning of the letter s in file name /proc/$$/smaps. Any explanations?
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Do VmPeak & VmHWM have any measurement periods?

While reading kernel documentation I came across VmPeak & VmHWM, and it's a bit unclear to me. VmPeak in /proc/<pid>/status is described to be peak virtual memory size. Peak for what period?...
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How do I kill all a user's processes using their UID

I want to kill all running processes of a particular user from either a shell script or native code on a linux system. Do I have to read the /proc directory and look for these? Any ideas? Is there a ...
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How should I check whether a given PID is running?

I'm writing a Perl script that parses logfiles to collect PIDs and then checks whether that PID is running. I am trying to think of the best way to make that check. Obviously, I could do something ...
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How to tell if a block device needs cache flushes

I want to know if a particular block device claims to requires cache flushes. From the xfs faq (emphasis mine): Q. Should barriers be enabled with storage which has a persistent write cache? ...
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Why is ulimit -u higher than /proc/sys/kernel/pid_max?

On my system ulimit -u reports 63172 and /proc/sys/kernel/pid_max reports 32768. Why is it that the value for ulimit -u is higher than the kernel's value? From my understanding, ulimit -u shows the ...
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Does the format or columns of /proc/dev/net change often?

I'm writing a script to scrape some data from this. I'm wondering if this file changes often or is different between distros.
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/proc/self/maps - 3rd mapped piece of file?

I'm running Arch linux on my laptop, which is kernel 3.12.9 right now. Something has changed about the way the kernel maps in a dynamically-linked executable and I can't figure it out. Here's the ...
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When does a new system call get added to Linux?

When exposing kernel functionality, there are several alternatives for kernel developers. They can either create a new system call or expose the functionality through /sys, or /proc entries. Is ...
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Why does reading /proc/net/tcp take a long time ss is quick to return the same sort of data about the connections table?

On Linux 2.6.32, if you read (for example, cat) /proc/net/tcp, on a very loaded system (for example, a web server), you will find that reading 100K entries takes over 30 seconds. That's a long time. ...
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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 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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What is the difference between procfs and sysfs?

What is the difference between procfs and sysfs? Why are they made as file systems? As I understand it, proc is just something to store the immediate info regarding the processes running in the ...
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sar command vs /proc/stat for cpu usage

I have been using /proc/stat for calculating the cpu usage. Recently I have been going through sar command for calculating cpu usage. And what I found was that their values were not related (I was ...
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Incorrect permissions on special files

I've noticed a lot of special files on Linux have what appears to be incorrect permissions: E.g.: $ ls -l /dev/fuse crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 10, 229 May 29 09:59 /dev/fuse appears writable but in ...
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Strange PFN read from pagemap

I m trying to find the physical page to which a range of virtual addresses are mapped in a piece of C code that I ve written. I m using the /proc/self/pagemap to read the mapping. I ve used the code ...
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Getting the original command invocation from /proc/self

I'm trying to run some startup code in all procesess via the dynamic linker. The code should do stuff based on the zeroth argument of the process. I'm getting the arguments from /proc/self/cmdline (...
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How to obtain counters for swap-in/swap-out on Linux?

I'm trying to obtain counters for swap-in/swap-out activity on CentOS 6. The intention is to feed raw data into RRDtool to generate graphs, and use it to generate alerts. I've had a look at common ...
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How to manipulate a file descriptor in another process? [duplicate]

Is there any way to manipulate (read, write, etc..) a file descriptor for any app which can be found in the path /proc/{pid}/fd? Especially for sockets. $ ll /proc/4229/fd total 0 lrwx------. 1 ...
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How to find the pci slot of an usb controller in Linux?

I have a nearly common Linux machine here. So, it has a PCI (*-X, etc) bus, on that some USB controllers, and I have USB devices on these USB controllers. Similar to this: $ lspci|grep USB 00:12.0 ...
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Why some shells `read` builtin fail to read the whole line from file in `/proc`?

In some Bourne-like shells, the read builtin can not read the whole line from file in /proc (the command below should be run in zsh, replace $=shell with $shell with other shells): $ for shell in ...
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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? If it is possible, please tell me which file(s) I need to process to get that information.
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Is sysfs a strict subset of procfs? [duplicate]

Is the information that the Linux kernel provides to the user via sysfs a strict subset of the information that the Linux kernel provides to the user via procfs? If not, then which information is ...
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why do I find (under /proc/pid//fd) sockets with broken symlinks

I don't think they're closed, because I would expect that after a close() the fd would disappear, but I see a bunch of lingering fd -> socket[xxxxx] entries with broken symlinks which don't seem to be ...
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How does Linux decide the /proc/PID/stat “name” of a process?

Currently my machine has 5 processes running scripts through python, but Linux thinks only 2 of them have the name python (according to /proc/$pid/stat). That is, pgrep -af python shows: 1784 /usr/...
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What is the meaning of the contents of /proc/net/unix?

On my Android device there is the file called /proc/net/unix who's content does not conform to that of any standard linux distribution (which show the unix domain sockets.) First few lines: Num ...
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Is it possible to create a directory and file inside /proc/sys?

I am running CentOS 6.2 and I need to create a subdirectory named "crypto" inside /proc/sys. Inside /proc/sys/crypto, I need to create a file named test which contains the value "1". I have tried ...
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Duration of /proc/pid/stat

I have a process that starts a child process and when the child exits, scans /proc/<pid>/stat to gather some information about the CPU and memory the child used. However I am worried that I am ...
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Get the process start time irrespective of NTP updates

I'm trying to record the start time of a process kicked off by an @reboot cronjob. I'm using ps -p $$ -o ltime= presently, but I've run into a catch. My machine (a Raspberry Pi) connects to the ...
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How to get the path of a current running script file?

Knowing that program's PID, I want to list out the executable file of a running program. For binary programs, I can read /proc/$pid/exe, which is a symlink to the executable. However for scripting ...
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OOM Killer: Processes have a score of over a 1000

All top links when Googling for OOM score seem to indicate that the values must be between -1000 and 1000. I tried to verify that with a simple cat /proc/*/oom_score | sort -n | less and I ...
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Get Linux architecture from /proc filesystem

I'm writing a program in Java and I need to determine the architecture for which Linux was compiled. I need something like uname -m, but without running any program, but instead from the /proc pseduo-...
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du access failures

I ran du on a particular machine and two instances of failure: Since I ran as superuser I do understand how I can get denied. Second problem was with the proc tree: I kind of get the gist of why ...
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How can I check read permission of /proc/*/* files?

Files in /proc/ seem to be world-readable, but return permission denied: $ ls -lh /proc/5589/smaps -r--r--r-- 1 root root 0 Mar 18 13:11 /proc/5589/smaps $ cat /proc/5589/smaps cat: /proc/5589/...
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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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Can I add to /proc/self?

I want to create a number of named memory regions in my program, and mmap them somewhere so that other processes can read them. I can't guarantee that only one instance of my program will run at a ...
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Why doesn't INotify work with `/etc/mtab` or `/proc/mounts`? [duplicate]

When I used INotify with /etc/mtab or /proc/mounts, it doesn't detect changes when things mount or unmount, even though /etc/mtab and /proc/mounts both have changed when I check manually. Why is this, ...
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/proc/net/wireless does not show values unless run as root

cat /proc/net/wireless does not show statistics for wireless devices unless it is run as root, even though the permissions on the file are 444. The same seems to apply when accessing statistics via ...
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Can I set my core file location without being root?

It seems strange that I need to be root in order to say "place cores in my current directory" (via cat whatever /proc/sys/kernel/core_pattern). Isn't there any user-specific override for this?
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Awk run time error: not enough arguments passed

Here is the script: TYPE="${BLOCK_INSTANCE:-mem}" awk -v type=$TYPE ' /^MemTotal:/ { mem_total=$2 } /^MemFree:/ { mem_free=$2 } /^Buffers:/ { mem_free+=$2 } /^Cached:/ { mem_free+=$2 ...
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Why would the size of /proc/stat show as zero? [duplicate]

ls -rlth /proc/stat -r--r--r-- 1 root root 0 Feb 21 04:25 /proc/stat Although if we cat it, its got enough contents. Any help regarding this virtual FS will be helpful.
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Meaning and usage of /proc/[pid]/make-if-fail

I am currently developing inside an embedded Linux environment (kernel 3.10.0), and while goofing around in the procfs mount of the system I found that all processes present the following file in ...
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Linux Unix /proc Rename

How can I rename /proc to something else forcefully? mv /proc /0 gives mv: cannot move ‘/proc’ to ‘/0’: Device or resource busy
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How to find out the reason why ssh processes are hanging?

When I run command like iostat -dkx 2 2 via ssh, I get the expected result, but the processes on the local computer are saying alive in status "interruptible sleep". Why is this happening? Is there a ...
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Convert meminfo kB to bytes [duplicate]

To convert the readings in /proc/meminfo from "kB" to bytes, should I multiply by 1024, or 1000?
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Does /proc/[pid]/status always use kB?

Particularly, does proc always list the VmRSS value in kB? I can't find a solid answer on the documentation, although it appears that it sticks to one unit.
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Viewing shared segments created by shmget

I'm trying to "visualize" shared memory between two processes. I've created a little server-client example where the client writes some data to a shared memory location and the server reads from it. I'...