ps oddity

Andrew Falanga af300wsm at
Thu Feb 1 19:57:42 UTC 2007

On 2/1/07, Fabian Keil <freebsd-listen at> wrote:
> "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?
> Fabian
> I do not believe so.  When I did the same ps | grep command when running
the program under my userid, I would see matches for both the program and
for the grep.


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