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Using the Linux /proc filesystem

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This is a solid and concise explanation of the /proc FS.
The /proc filesystem is a direct reflection of the system kept in memory and represented in a hierarchal manner. The effort of the /proc filesystem is to provide an easy way to view kernel and information about currently running processes. As a result, some commands (ps for example) read /proc directly to get information about the state of the system. The premise behind /proc is to provide such information in a readable manner instead of having to invoke difficult to understand system calls.
 read more | mail this link | score:6966 | -Ray, January 22, 2001 (Updated: June 8, 2003)
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