Originally posted by eltongeoff
the command is mount, hence do mount
Boy, that's helpful. Please, in the future, if you have nothing better to do than to make fun of people, don't bother posting.
I think what jvds means is this: the /proc partition is a sort of artificial "disk" that contains information about your hardware, along with what processes are running. Presumably that is where 'ps' gets its information. I suppose you could just look to see if it's already mounted:
If you see a list of a bunch of files, then it's mounted. (By the way, "mounting" is just a way of making a disk available for use. Type 'man mount' for information about how to use it.) If /proc is not mounted, you may need to modify your /etc/fstab file to add a line something like this:
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
Another thing to try, if you haven't already, is just plain 'ps' without the '-ux'. Maybe that option is causing some kind of problems. That is about all I know. Good luck!