cvs commit: src/etc rc.subr

Yar Tikhiy yar at
Fri Aug 18 14:33:16 UTC 2006

On Fri, Aug 18, 2006 at 04:13:37PM +0200, Dag-Erling Sm?rgrav wrote:
> Yar Tikhiy <yar at> writes:
> >   Log:
> >   The ps(1) command is unfriendly to scripts by default because
> >   it limits the width of its output to the value of $COLUMNS, or
> >   what TIOCGWINSZ reports, or 79 columns.  We should specify -ww
> >   to ps(1) so that it removes the limit and prints lines in full.
> >   Otherwise very long command pathnames could be mishandled, e.g.,
> >   by _find_processes().
> or perhaps _find_processes() should use pgrep(1) instead of ps(1).

I considered that but had to stick to ps(1) because pgrep was in
/usr/bin while ps was in /bin.  The use of /usr/bin tools should
be very limited in rc.subr(8).  OTOH, pgrep uses /lib libs only,
which makes it possible to transfer pgrep+pkill to /bin if we can
stand the growth of / by some 50 kbytes.


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