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Re: Wierd 'ps ax' output

On Wed, Feb 20, 2002 at 10:36:22PM +0000, Jonathan Matthews wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 20, 2002 at 04:20:38PM -0600, Nathan E Norman wrote:
> > Needlessly worried.  16891 is a child of 186; you can tell because the
> > process name is in all caps (you could also tell if you did "ps
> > fax").
> > 
> > 16892 is the child of 16891; it's the script listed in
> > /etc/cron.d/exim, which runs every 15 minutes.
> Thanks!
> It was the caps that were bothering me.  I didn't know that
> this was a property of child processes in 'ps' ... why is
> it that /all/ processes aren't in caps, being the children
> of init?  Is it just to differentiate between parent and
> child where the child is a clone/fork/whatever of the parent?

It's not a property of ps ... it's a property of cron.  Not in the
docs of course ... I remember seeing a discussion about it on d-devel
a while back :)

Nathan Norman - Staff Engineer | A good plan today is better
Micromuse Ltd.                 | than a perfect plan tomorrow.
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