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Old 08-24-2008, 12:13 AM   #1
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ps shows UID number, not name

Any suggestions on how to fix it when ps shows a UID number, instead of the name?

Old 08-24-2008, 04:39 AM   #2
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can you show some sample output and the exact command you are using?
Old 08-24-2008, 05:35 PM   #3
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Is it possible a user account got deleted, but still had processes running? If ps comes across a process with a UID that doesn't exist in /etc/passwd (or any other authentication database such as NIS), I believe it just prints out the number.


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