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PS(1)				   BSD General Commands Manual				    PS(1)

NAME
     ps -- process status

SYNOPSIS
     ps [-aCcefhjlMmrSTuvwx] [-O fmt] [-o fmt] [-p pid] [-t tty] [-U username]
     ps [-L]

DESCRIPTION
     Ps displays a header line followed by lines containing information about your processes that
     have controlling terminals.  This information is sorted by controlling terminal, then by
     process ID.

     The information displayed is selected based on a set of keywords (see the -L -O and -o
     options).	The default output format includes, for each process, the process' ID, control-
     ling terminal, cpu time (including both user and system time), state, and associated com-
     mand.

     The process file system (see procfs(5) ) should be mounted when ps is executed, otherwise
     not all information will be available.

     The options are as follows:

     -a      Display information about other users' processes as well as your own.

     -c      Change the ``command'' column output to just contain the executable name, rather
	     than the full command line.

     -C      Change the way the cpu percentage is calculated by using a ``raw'' cpu calculation
	     that ignores ``resident'' time (this normally has no effect).

     -e      Display the environment as well.

     -f      Show commandline and environment information about swapped out processes.	This
	     option is honored only if the uid of the user is 0.

     -h      Repeat the information header as often as necessary to guarantee one header per page
	     of information.

     -j      Print information associated with the following keywords: user, pid, ppid, pgid,
	     sess, jobc, state, tt, time and command.

     -L      List the set of available keywords.

     -l      Display information associated with the following keywords: uid, pid, ppid, cpu,
	     pri, nice, vsz, rss, wchan, state, tt, time and command.

     -M      Print the threads corresponding to each task.

     -m      Sort by memory usage, instead of by process ID.

     -O      Add the information associated with the space or comma separated list of keywords
	     specified, after the process ID, in the default information display.  Keywords may
	     be appended with an equals (``='') sign and a string.  This causes the printed
	     header to use the specified string instead of the standard header.

     -o      Display information associated with the space or comma separated list of keywords
	     specified.  Keywords may be appended with an equals (``='') sign and a string.  This
	     causes the printed header to use the specified string instead of the standard
	     header.

     -p      Display information associated with the specified process ID.

     -r      Sort by current cpu usage, instead of by process ID.

     -S      Change the way the process time is calculated by summing all exited children to
	     their parent process.

     -T      Display information about processes attached to the device associated with the stan-
	     dard input.

     -t      Display information about processes attached to the specified terminal device.

     -U      Display the processes belonging to the specified username.

     -u      Display information associated with the following keywords: user, pid, %cpu, %mem,
	     vsz, rss, tt, state, start, time and command.  The -u option implies the -r option.

     -v      Display information associated with the following keywords: pid, state, time, sl,
	     re, pagein, vsz, rss, lim, tsiz, %cpu, %mem and command.  The -v option implies the
	     -m option.

     -w      Use 132 columns to display information, instead of the default which is your window
	     size.  If the -w option is specified more than once, ps will use as many columns as
	     necessary without regard for your window size.

     -x      Display information about processes without controlling terminals.

     A complete list of the available keywords are listed below.  Some of these keywords are fur-
     ther specified as follows:

     %cpu    The cpu utilization of the process; this is a decaying average over up to a minute
	     of previous (real) time.  Since the time base over which this is computed varies
	     (since processes may be very young) it is possible for the sum of all %CPU fields to
	     exceed 100%.

     %mem    The percentage of real memory used by this process.

     flags   The flags associated with the process as in the include file <sys/proc.h>:

	     P_ADVLOCK	    0x00001	   Process may hold a POSIX advisory lock
	     P_CONTROLT     0x00002	   Has a controlling terminal
	     P_INMEM	    0x00004	   Loaded into memory
	     P_NOCLDSTOP    0x00008	   No SIGCHLD when children stop
	     P_PPWAIT	    0x00010	   Parent is waiting for child to exec/exit
	     P_PROFIL	    0x00020	   Has started profiling
	     P_SELECT	    0x00040	   Selecting; wakeup/waiting danger
	     P_SINTR	    0x00080	   Sleep is interruptible
	     P_SUGID	    0x00100	   Had set id privileges since last exec
	     P_SYSTEM	    0x00200	   System proc: no sigs, stats or swapping
	     P_TIMEOUT	    0x00400	   Timing out during sleep
	     P_TRACED	    0x00800	   Debugged process being traced
	     P_WAITED	    0x01000	   Debugging process has waited for child
	     P_WEXIT	    0x02000	   Working on exiting
	     P_EXEC	    0x04000	   Process called exec
	     P_NOSWAP	    0x08000	   Another flag to prevent swap out
	     P_PHYSIO	    0x10000	   Doing physical I/O
	     P_OWEUPC	    0x20000	   Owe process an addupc() call at next ast
	     P_SWAPPING     0x40000	   Process is being swapped

     lim     The soft limit on memory used, specified via a call to setrlimit(2).

     lstart  The exact time the command started, using the ``%c'' format described in
	     strftime(3).

     nice    The process scheduling increment (see setpriority(2)).

     rss     the real memory (resident set) size of the process (in 1024 byte units).

     start   The time the command started.  If the command started less than 24 hours ago, the
	     start time is displayed using the ``%l:ps.1p'' format described in strftime(3).  If
	     the command started less than 7 days ago, the start time is displayed using the
	     ``%a6.15p'' format.  Otherwise, the start time is displayed using the ``%e%b%y''
	     format.

     state   The state is given by a sequence of letters, for example, ``RWNA''.  The first let-
	     ter indicates the run state of the process:

	     D	     Marks a process in disk (or other short term, uninterruptible) wait.
	     I	     Marks a process that is idle (sleeping for longer than about 20 seconds).
	     R	     Marks a runnable process.
	     S	     Marks a process that is sleeping for less than about 20 seconds.
	     T	     Marks a stopped process.
	     Z	     Marks a dead process (a ``zombie'').

	     Additional characters after these, if any, indicate additional state information:

	     +	     The process is in the foreground process group of its control terminal.
	     <	     The process has raised CPU scheduling priority.
	     >	     The process has specified a soft limit on memory requirements and is cur-
		     rently exceeding that limit; such a process is (necessarily) not swapped.
	     A	     the process has asked for random page replacement (VA_ANOM, from vadvise(2),
		     for example, lisp(1) in a garbage collect).
	     E	     The process is trying to exit.
	     L	     The process has pages locked in core (for example, for raw I/O).
	     N	     The process has reduced CPU scheduling priority (see setpriority(2)).
	     S	     The process has asked for FIFO page replacement (VA_SEQL, from vadvise(2),
		     for example, a large image processing program using virtual memory to
		     sequentially address voluminous data).
	     s	     The process is a session leader.
	     V	     The process is suspended during a vfork.
	     W	     The process is swapped out.
	     X	     The process is being traced or debugged.

     tt      An abbreviation for the pathname of the controlling terminal, if any.  The abbrevia-
	     tion consists of the three letters following /dev/tty, or, for the console, ``con''.
	     This is followed by a ``-'' if the process can no longer reach that controlling ter-
	     minal (i.e., it has been revoked).

     wchan   The event (an address in the system) on which a process waits.  When printed numeri-
	     cally, the initial part of the address is trimmed off and the result is printed in
	     hex, for example, 0x80324000 prints as 324000.

     When printing using the command keyword, a process that has exited and has a parent that has
     not yet waited for the process (in other words, a zombie) is listed as ``<defunct>'', and a
     process which is blocked while trying to exit is listed as ``<exiting>''.	Ps makes an edu-
     cated guess as to the file name and arguments given when the process was created by examin-
     ing memory or the swap area.  The method is inherently somewhat unreliable and in any event
     a process is entitled to destroy this information, so the names cannot be depended on too
     much.  The ucomm (accounting) keyword can, however, be depended on.

KEYWORDS
     The following is a complete list of the available keywords and their meanings.  Several of
     them have aliases (keywords which are synonyms).

     %cpu	percentage cpu usage (alias pcpu)
     %mem	percentage memory usage (alias pmem)
     acflag	accounting flag (alias acflg)
     command	command and arguments
     cpu	short-term cpu usage factor (for scheduling)
     flags	the process flags, in hexadecimal (alias f)
     gid	the effective gid
     inblk	total blocks read (alias inblock)
     jobc	job control count
     ktrace	tracing flags
     ktracep	tracing vnode
     lim	memoryuse limit
     logname	login name of user who started the process
     lstart	time started
     majflt	total page faults
     minflt	total page reclaims
     msgrcv	total messages received (reads from pipes/sockets)
     msgsnd	total messages sent (writes on pipes/sockets)
     nice	nice value (alias ni)
     nivcsw	total involuntary context switches
     nsigs	total signals taken (alias nsignals)
     nswap	total swaps in/out
     nvcsw	total voluntary context switches
     nwchan	wait channel (as an address)
     oublk	total blocks written (alias oublock)
     p_ru	resource usage (valid only for zombie)
     paddr	swap address
     pagein	pageins (same as majflt)
     pgid	process group number
     pid	process ID
     poip	pageouts in progress
     ppid	parent process ID
     pri	scheduling priority
     re 	core residency time (in seconds; 127 = infinity)
     rgid	real group ID
     rlink	reverse link on run queue, or 0
     rss	resident set size
     rsz	resident set size + (text size / text use count) (alias rssize)
     rtprio	realtime priority (101 = not a realtime process)
     ruid	real user ID
     ruser	user name (from ruid)
     sess	session pointer
     sig	pending signals (alias pending)
     sigcatch	caught signals (alias caught)
     sigignore	ignored signals (alias ignored)
     sigmask	blocked signals (alias blocked)
     sl 	sleep time (in seconds; 127 = infinity)
     start	time started
     state	symbolic process state (alias stat)
     svgid	saved gid from a setgid executable
     svuid	saved uid from a setuid executable
     tdev	control terminal device number
     time	accumulated cpu time, user + system (alias cputime)
     tpgid	control terminal process group ID
     tsess	control terminal session pointer
     tsiz	text size (in Kbytes)
     tt 	control terminal name (two letter abbreviation)
     tty	full name of control terminal
     uprocp	process pointer
     ucomm	name to be used for accounting
     uid	effective user ID
     upr	scheduling priority on return from system call (alias usrpri)
     user	user name (from uid)
     vsz	virtual size in Kbytes (alias vsize)
     wchan	wait channel (as a symbolic name)
     xstat	exit or stop status (valid only for stopped or zombie process)

FILES
     /dev		    special files and device names
     /var/run/dev.db	    /dev name database
     /var/db/kvm_kernel.db  system namelist database
     /proc		    the mount point of procfs(5)

SEE ALSO
     kill(1), w(1), kvm(3), strftime(3), procfs(5), pstat(8)

BUGS
     Since ps cannot run faster than the system and is run as any other scheduled process, the
     information it displays can never be exact.

4th Berkeley Distribution		  April 18, 1994		4th Berkeley Distribution
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