process tbl

Cameron Simpson cs at
Sat Nov 29 23:17:14 UTC 2014

On 28Nov2014 17:24, bruce <badouglas at> wrote:
>thanks !  I discovered that the ps -ppid "parentID" would return the
>list of child pids which works, but thanks..!

You should bear in mind that that will probably be a GNU "ps" specific option.  
On Fedora you're fine; on other UNIX platforms that may not be available.

I'm quite fond of "ps axf"; it is easy to type and informative, and shows the 
parent-child stuff visually in the listing, very nice. It (the "f" option) is 
also GNU ps specific.

Cameron Simpson <cs at>

>On Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 3:36 PM, Cameron Simpson <cs at> wrote:
>> On 28Nov2014 13:19, bruce <badouglas at> wrote:
>>> A test app does a fork, creates children processes.
>>> Is there a way to view the procTBL "ps" to be able to see that a
>>> process is a "child" process?
>>> I know you can see when a child has stopped, but the parent is still
>>> running.. but is there a way to see if there are "running" children,
>>> some attribute that denotes i'm a child?
>>> Or, is there some attribute that denotes the process has running children?
>> Every process has a parent process id (PPID), allowing you to deduce the
>> parent-child relationships.
>> The GNU ps "f" option will display the process tree with parent-child
>> relationships.

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