cvs commit: src/etc rc.subr

Brooks Davis brooks at
Fri Aug 18 14:35:14 UTC 2006

On Fri, Aug 18, 2006 at 06:33:11PM +0400, Yar Tikhiy wrote:
> 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.

I think that's appropriate since pgrep is such an obvious fit for this
sort of thing.  I think we'll want to consider compatability symlinks
due to existing hardcoded paths in scripts.

-- Brooks
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