svn commit: r226192 - stable/7/bin/ps

Glen Barber gjb at
Mon Oct 10 11:12:41 UTC 2011

Author: gjb (doc committer)
Date: Mon Oct 10 11:12:40 2011
New Revision: 226192

  MFC 225908, 225912, 225927:
  - Reorder default ps(1) output according to reality.
  - there's no reason the semantics of the -x flag are being explained in
    the -a flag description
  - be more precise regarding the relation between the -a flag and the
    security.bsd.see_other_uids sysctl
  - describe the format of the -t flag's argument
  - 'con' no longer is a possible entry in the 'TT' column
  - explain that the 'TT' column refers to pseudo-terminals
    via mere numbers
  - add a hint in the 'tt' keyword description that a
    keyword 'tty' exists, which will give the full terminal pathname
  - Correct a typo that was introduced in 225912

Directory Properties:
  stable/7/bin/ps/   (props changed)

Modified: stable/7/bin/ps/ps.1
--- stable/7/bin/ps/ps.1	Mon Oct 10 11:11:59 2011	(r226191)
+++ stable/7/bin/ps/ps.1	Mon Oct 10 11:12:40 2011	(r226192)
@@ -29,7 +29,7 @@
 .\"     @(#)ps.1	8.3 (Berkeley) 4/18/94
 .\" $FreeBSD$
-.Dd May 16, 2009
+.Dd October 1, 2011
 .Dt PS 1
@@ -54,6 +54,11 @@ utility
 displays a header line, followed by lines containing information about
 all of your
 processes that have controlling terminals.
+If the
+.Fl x
+options is specified,
+will also display processes that do not have controlling terminals.
 A different set of processes can be selected for display by using any
 combination of the
@@ -90,8 +95,8 @@ and
 .Fl o
 The default output format includes, for each process, the process' ID,
-controlling terminal, CPU time (including both user and system time),
-state, and associated command.
+controlling terminal, state, CPU time (including both user and system time)
+and associated command.
 The process file system (see
 .Xr procfs 5 )
@@ -103,13 +108,9 @@ The options are as follows:
 .Bl -tag -width indent
 .It Fl a
 Display information about other users' processes as well as your own.
-This will skip any processes which do not have a controlling terminal,
-unless the
-.Fl x
-option is also specified.
-This can be disabled by setting the
+If the
 .Va security.bsd.see_other_uids
-sysctl to zero.
+sysctl is set to zero, this option is honored only if the UID of the user is 0.
 .It Fl c
 Change the
 .Dq command
@@ -213,6 +214,9 @@ with the standard input.
 .It Fl t
 Display information about processes attached to the specified terminal
+Full pathnames, as well as abbreviations (see explanation of the
+.Cm tt
+keyword) can be specified.
 .It Fl U
 Display the processes belonging to the specified usernames.
 .It Fl u
@@ -411,12 +415,15 @@ The process is being traced or debugged.
 An abbreviation for the pathname of the controlling terminal, if any.
 The abbreviation consists of the three letters following
 .Pa /dev/tty ,
-or, for the console,
-.Dq Li con .
+or, for pseudo-terminals, the corresponding entry in
+.Pa /dev/pts .
 This is followed by a
 .Ql -
 if the process can no longer reach that
 controlling terminal (i.e., it has been revoked).
+The full pathname of the controlling terminal is available via the
+.Cm tty
 .It Cm wchan
 The event (an address in the system) on which a process waits.
 When printed numerically, the initial part of the address is

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