ps oddity

Fabian Keil freebsd-listen at
Thu Feb 1 18:27:55 UTC 2007

"Andrew Falanga" <af300wsm at> wrote:

> A couple of months ago I wrote a daemon process that opens up connections on
> TCP and listens for incoming data (that ultimately ends up in a database).
> Now, when I was writing it, I was debugging and what not under my own user
> id.  However, the program now runs as root because it's started
> automatically when the system comes up at boot time.

That alone doesn't sound like a particular good reason to me.

> Now, here's the strange part.  When running under my user id, even in daemon
> mode, ps -aux | grep <user> would show me the daemon process.  However, now
> that it's running as root, it doesn't.

Does ps -aux really no longer list the process,
or does it get lost after the grep?

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