Field size in ps
I am working on improving the startup file for a daemon that
doesn't handle its pid file properly and consistently. I am getting
the pid by piping the output of ps ax through grep and cut. The PID
field in the ps output is 5 columns wide. Is it a safe assumption
that the pid will never be larger than 5 characters?
I am thinking of the case of machines that are up for long
periods of time, with many users. Are pids of processes that are no
longer running eventually recycled?
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