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Old 09-14-2013
Tracking process via ps command

Hello folks,

I am tracking a process httpd only. But when i am grepping it, it is returning me multiple process of httpd, second it is showing another process of monitorix-httpd. Below commands i have tried.

Current output

# ps ax |grep http
  929 ?        Ss     0:00 monitorix-httpd listening on 8080
 9551 ?        Ss     0:00 /usr/sbin/httpd -k start
 9552 ?        S      0:00 /usr/sbin/httpd -k start
 9554 ?        S      0:00 /usr/sbin/httpd -k start
 9555 ?        S      0:00 /usr/sbin/httpd -k start
 9556 ?        S      0:00 /usr/sbin/httpd -k start
 9557 ?        S      0:00 /usr/sbin/httpd -k start
 9558 ?        S      0:00 /usr/sbin/httpd -k start
 9559 ?        S      0:00 /usr/sbin/httpd -k start
 9560 ?        S      0:00 /usr/sbin/httpd -k start
 9561 ?        S      0:00 /usr/sbin/httpd -k start

Expected output: one process that confirms that httpd is running, not all httpd child process and neither monitorx process.

expected output


Last edited by learnbash; 09-14-2013 at 05:40 AM.. Reason: correction of process name
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Old 09-14-2013
Why not use pgrep?

pgrep -nf /usr/sbin/httpd

This will return you the pid of the latest httpd process.

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Old 09-14-2013
If i don't want to mention the path. Below command is fine?

# pgrep  -n ^httpd$

# echo $?


# pgrep  -n ^httpd1$

# echo $?

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Old 09-14-2013
Yes, that should do.
And btw you can check the output of pgrep directly rather than checking the exit status.

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Old 09-14-2013
Thanks it is clear now.
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Old 09-14-2013
pgrep '^httpd$'

is the same as
pgrep -x httpd

Instead of -n (newest) I would take -o (oldest), or pick the one that is spawned by init (PID 1)
pgrep -P 1 -x httpd

NB in Solaris zones the latter does not work because init is not 1 (and even got a different name).
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