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Old 12-17-2002, 09:12 AM   #1
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ps (process status) command, PS_FORMAT how to set?

I often use:
ps -e -o pid,ppid,user,tty,cmd

man page states that I could use $PS_FORMAT to set default format for ps. But it fails:

$ export PS_FORMAT='pid,ppid,user,tty,cmd'
$ ps
spec value pid,ppid,user,tty,cmd not found

at the same time
the following works fine:
$ export PS_FORMAT='pid'

Any idea?

PS> I tried a lot of options with $PS_FORMAT (AIX, BSD style) and no success
Old 12-17-2002, 10:53 AM   #2
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The man page isn't really clear on the PS_FORMAT variable. It does say that in general it's not good to set these variables. When I try setting it to more then one field ps just crashes and generates a core file.

Something you could do instead of setting the variable is create an alias, something like:

alias ps="ps -o pid,ppid,user,tty,cmd"
Old 12-18-2002, 04:38 AM   #3
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alias ps="ps -o pid,ppid,user,tty,cmd"
That must be a good solution, thank you.


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