Hi I wanted to get information about threads of process, so used /proc/stat command in terminal. But get "permission denied" error. How can I resolve this issue?

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    /proc/stat is not a command. What do you mean by threads of a process? The PIDs of the threads?
    – muru
    Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 6:14

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To get number of threads of a process, execute

grep Threads /proc/<PID>/status

You cannot execute /proc/stat, you can view it, for example with

cat /proc/stat

/proc is a pseudo-filesystem with lots of system information to view. See man proc for details. You can read details about linux /proc/stat for example at this page


You can display threads with ps command as well:

        H     Show threads as if they were processes.
       -L     Show threads, possibly with LWP and NLWP columns.
        m     Show threads after processes.
       -m     Show threads after processes.
       -T     Show threads, possibly with SPID column.

For example:

ps -T -p $pid

to display threads with SPID number of process with PID $pid.

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