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Re: Field size in ps

Bob Hilliard writes:
> > 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.

John Hasler <john@dhh.gt.org> wrote:
> Why not use pidof ?

Only works if you're guaranteed that there's only one running instance
of the daemon.  [Consider, for example, a daemon which listens at
a port, where there's an option to let it listen at some other port.]

I seem to recally either policy or the packaging manual recommending
against using pidof for start/stop scripts.  [And, start-stop-daemon
is a bit clunky for some of these kinds of things.]


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