How can I get a full process list in solaris, without truncated lines?
Is there a way to generate a full process listing in solaris, without truncated lines? I’ve tried the
ps command, with the following arguments:
-f Generates a full listing. (See below for significance of columns in a full list- ing.)
-l Generates a long listing. (See below.)
So, those both seem to do what I want, however, further down in the ps man page, I find this:
args The command with all its arguments as a string. The implementation may truncate this value to the field width; it is implementation-dependent whether any further truncation occurs. It is unspecified whether the string represented is a version of the argument list as it was passed to the command when it started, or is a version of the arguments as they may have been modified by the application. Applications cannot depend on being able to modify their argument list and having that modifica- tion be reflected in the output of ps. The Solaris implementation limits the string to 80 bytes; the string is the version of the argument list as it was passed to the command when it started.
Which basically says the output is going to be truncated and there is nothing I can do about it. So, I’m coming here. Surely other people have run into this problem and maybe even have a way around it. I’m guessing ps can’t do it and so I need to use other tools to do this. Is that accurate?
The kernel is not required to keep track of command line arguments. When a program is started through the
execve call, the kernel must copy the arguments into the process memory (so that they will be available as
argv in a C program, for example). After that, the kernel can discard the memory used to store the initial command line arguments. The process is allowed to overwrite its copy of the arguments. So there may simply be no trace of the arguments.
Some unix variants do keep a copy of the arguments in some form. Solaris exposes some data in
/proc/$pid. As of OpenSolaris 2009.06, the only trace of the arguments is in
/proc/$pid/psinfo, where they are concatenated with spaces in between (so you can’t distinguish between
foo "one" "two" and
foo "one two") and the resulting string is truncated to 80 bytes. This field in
/proc/$pid/psinfo is what
ps prints in the
By the way, the
-l options control what fields are printed, not whether the fields are truncated to some width.
you could try
this gives you a list of all arguments
or else use an other ps. If run as root (or any user with enough privileges for that matter)
will give you all arguments. Its part of SUNWscpu, “Source Compatibility, (Usr)”
ps command you use, I use
prstat will give you the currently running processes along with their pids and the CPU utilization.
ps -e gives the list of all the processes running. Also there’s this