Script-friendly (parseble) ps(1) output?

Aragon Gouveia aragon at
Thu Oct 30 09:14:20 PDT 2008

| By Eduardo Meyer <dudu.meyer at>
|                                          [ 2008-10-30 00:04 +0200 ]
> Hello,
> I need to write a cgi script which will print the output from ps(1) in
> a table (html), so the average-operator can click on a KILL link and
> the cgi will send the selected signal.
> I need to add one ps information per column in a table (html),
> however, I found ps(1) output to be too hard to parse. There is no
> separator. I believed \t was the separator but its not.

Another option might be to mount /proc and use that instead.  See procfs(5).


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