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Old 03-13-2006
How to follow processes and their children with ps

I often need to find the child processes of a parent process. There may be a string of 4-5. That is, PPID 884 spawns 890, which spawns 894, which spawns 1017. I'd like to be able to see all of them without having to type in a number of ps -ef commands.

Process groups and session ID's are not helping me. Is there some other switch on ps, or technique, that I'm missing?

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Old 03-13-2006
You never mentioned which OS you are on.

If you have pstree try this.

pstree -p <pid>

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Old 03-13-2006
Dangit, I keep forgetting that UNIXA != UNIXB ...even at the man(1) level.

Nice. I see the equivalent in Solaris (which is what I'm on), is ptree. Awesome. Thank you very much!

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