I am trying to develop a multi-process system with RaspberryPi in which I want to monitor all major processes and how they are scheduled using Linux. That is, obtaining scheduler states, start time, release time etc. I have been messing with '/proc' folder in order to find such an information but I haven't able to find anything really useful so far.

For example, if you go into /proc/pid/task/pid you can see:


and so on. Now, this looks like I am up to something, but not clear enough. I want to just see how processes are scheduled in cores. i.e, Process1 released at 0.30, then Process2 started at 0.70 (system timer values) etc.

Is something like this possible by monitoring kernel folders such as '/proc'? If not, is there a way to determine this using another tracing tools or scheduler tools for Linux?

Any guidance is greately appreciated. Please tell me if there is something else I need to provide.

Thanks in advance.

  • You mean like this?
    – FelixJN
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 11:47
  • Did you trydtrace? General warning: You'll get a lot of data of you want all scheduling details.
    – dirkt
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 17:38

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every process is different in what starts it and how/why it ends. it seems like what you're trying to do is practically impossible, unless you want to look at the calls a process is making, in that case you can use strace and sort through the output to see what it's doing exactly.

  • Hmm, exactly I want to learn why and when processes start and get released. I want to see how Linux schedules all processes, not one which calls a process make. A level above, I guess. Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 12:09
  • different processes are started by different other processes, you have to do research on which process is started by what other process because they're all different. a good starting point would be to look at the init process, strace -p 1 and look at what it's starting, though i assume you have what processes you want to monitor already in mind. and most of those probably aren't started by init, but rather some other program. Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 12:30

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