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          proc - running processes

          bind #p /proc

          The proc device serves a two-level directory structure.  The
          first level contains the trace file (see below) and numbered
          directories corresponding to pids of live processes; each
          such directory contains a set of files representing the cor-
          responding process.

          The mem file contains the current memory image of the pro-
          cess.  A read or write at offset o, which must be a valid
          virtual address, accesses bytes from address o up to the end
          of the memory segment containing o. Kernel virtual memory,
          including the kernel stack for the process and saved user
          registers (whose addresses are machine-dependent), can be
          accessed through mem.  Writes are permitted only while the
          process is in the Stopped state and only to user addresses
          or registers.

          The read-only proc file contains the kernel per-process
          structure.  Its main use is to recover the kernel stack and
          program counter for kernel debugging.

          The files regs, fpregs, and kregs hold representations of
          the user-level registers, floating-point registers, and ker-
          nel registers in machine-dependent form.  The kregs file is

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          The read-only fd file lists the open file descriptors of the
          process.  The first line of the file is its current direc-
          tory; subsequent lines list, one per line, the open files,
          giving the decimal file descriptor number; whether the file
          is open for read (r), write, (w), or both (rw); the type,
          device number, and qid of the file; its I/O unit (the amount
          of data that may be transferred on the file as a contiguous
          piece; see iounit(2)), its I/O offset; and its name at the
          time it was opened.

          The read-only ns file contains a textual representation of
          the process's file name space, in the format of namespace(6)
          accepted by newns (see auth(2)). The last line of the file
          identifies the current working directory of the process, in
          the form of a cd command (see rc(1)). The information in
          this file is based on the names files had when the name
          space was assembled, so the names it contains may be inac-
          cessible if the files have been subsequently renamed or

          The read-only segment file contains a textual display of the
          memory segments attached to the process.  Each line has mul-
          tiple fields: the type of segment (Stack, Text, Data, Bss,
          etc.); one-letter flags such as R for read-only, if any;
          starting virtual address, in hexadecimal; ending virtual
          address, and reference count.

          The read-only status file contains a string with twelve
          fields, each followed by a space.  The fields are:

          -    the process name and user name, each 27 characters left

          -    the process state, 11 characters left justified (see

          -    the six 11-character numbers also held in the process's
               #c/cputime file

          -    the amount of memory used by the process in units of
               1024 bytes

          -    the base and current scheduling priority, each 11 char-
               acter numbers

          The args file contains the arguments of the program when it
          was created by exec(2). Writing to the args file will over-
          write its contents.  If the program was not created by exec,
          such as by fork(2), its args file will be empty.  The format
          of the file is a list of quoted strings suitable for
          tokenize; see getfields(2).

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          The text file is a pseudonym for the file from which the
          process was executed; its main use is to recover the symbol
          table of the process.

          The wait file may be read to recover records from the exit-
          ing children of the process in the format of await (see
          wait(2)). If the process has no extant children, living or
          exited, a read of wait will block.  It is an error for a
          process to attempt to read its own wait file when it has no
          children.  When a process's wait file is being read, the
          process will draw an error if it attempts an await system
          call; similarly, if a process is in an await system call,
          its wait file cannot be read by any process.

          The read-only profile file contains the instruction fre-
          quency count information used for multiprocess profiling;
          see tprof in prof(1). The information is gleaned by sampling
          the program's user-level program counter at interrupt time.

          Strings written to the note file will be posted as a note to
          the process (see notify(2)). The note should be less than
          ERRLEN-1 characters long; the last character is reserved for
          a terminating NUL character.  A read of at least ERRLEN
          characters will retrieve the oldest note posted to the pro-
          cess and prevent its delivery to the process.  The notepg
          file is similar, but the note will be delivered to all the
          processes in the target process's note group (see fork(2)).
          However, if the process doing the write is in the group, it
          will not receive the note.  The notepg file is write-only.

          The textual noteid file may be read to recover an integer
          identifying the note group of the process (see RFNOTEG in
          fork(2)). The file may be written to cause the process to
          change to another note group, provided the group exists and
          is owned by the same user.

          The file /proc/trace can be opened once and read to see
          trace events from processes that have had the string trace
          written to their ctl file.  Each event produces, in native
          machine format, the pid, a type, and a time stamp (see
          /sys/include/trace.h and /sys/src/cmd/trace.c).

        Control messages
          Textual messages written to the ctl file control the execu-
          tion of the process.  Some require that the process is in a
          particular state and return an error if it is not.

          stop      Suspend execution of the process, putting it in
                    the Stopped state.

          start     Resume execution of a Stopped process.

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          waitstop  Do not affect the process directly but, like all
                    other messages ending with stop, block the process
                    writing the ctl file until the target process is
                    in the Stopped state or exits.  Also like other
                    stop control messages, if the target process would
                    receive a note while the message is pending, it is
                    instead stopped and the debugging process is

          startstop Allow a Stopped process to resume, and then do a
                    waitstop action.

          hang      Set a bit in the process so that, when it com-
                    pletes an exec(2) system call, it will enter the
                    Stopped state before returning to user mode.  This
                    bit is inherited across fork(2) and exec(2).

          nohang    Clear the hang bit.

          private   Make it impossible to read the process's user mem-
                    ory.  This property is inherited on fork(2),
                    cleared on exec(2), and is not otherwise reset-

          noswap    Don't allow this process to be swapped out.  This
                    should be used carefully and sparingly or the sys-
                    tem could run out of memory.  It is meant for pro-
                    cesses that can't be swapped, like the local file-
                    server implementing the swap device and for pro-
                    cesses containing sensitive data.  This property
                    is inherited on fork(2), cleared on exec(2), and
                    is not otherwise resettable.

          kill      Kill the process the next time it crosses the
                    user/kernel boundary.

          close n   Close file descriptor n in the process.

                    Close all open file descriptors in the process.

          pri n     Set the base priority for the process to the inte-
                    ger n.

          wired n   Wire the process to processor n.

          trace     Without an argument, toggle trace event generation
                    for this process into /proc/trace (see below).
                    With a zero argument, tracing for the proc is
                    turned off, with a non-zero numeric argument, it
                    is turned on.

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          interrupt Interrupt a blocking system call. If no blocking
                    call was in progress, the interrupt will be pend-
                    ing and the next attempt to block will be inter-
                    rupted.  This is similar to posting a note but,
                    unlike notes, a pending interrupt is not cleared
                    when crossing the user/kernel boundary.

                    Clear a pending interrupt.

          period nu Set the real-time scheduling period of the process
                    to nu, where n is an optionally signed number con-
                    taining an optional decimal point and u is one of
                    s, ms, us, ┬Ás, ns, or empty.  The time is inter-
                    preted, respectively, as seconds, milliseconds,
                    microseconds, microseconds, nanoseconds, or, in
                    the case of an absent units specifier, as
                    nanoseconds. If the time specifier is signed, it
                    is interpreted as an increment or decrement from a
                    previously set value.  See also the admit command

          deadline nu
                    Set the real-time deadline interval of the process
                    to nu, where n and u are interpreted as for period

          cost nu   Set the real-time cost (maximum CPU time per
                    period) of the process to nu, where n and u are
                    interpreted as for period above.

          sporadic  Use sporadic scheduling for the real-time process.
                    The description of the admit command below con-
                    tains further details.

                    Make the real-time process yield on blocking I/O.
                      The description of the admit command below con-
                    tains further details.

          admit     Given real-time period, deadline and cost are set
                    (an unset deadline will set deadline to period),
                    perform a schedulability test and start scheduling
                    the process as a real-time process if the test
                    succeeds.  If the test fails, the write will fail
                    with error set to the reason for failure.

          event     Add a user event to the /proc/trace file.

        Real-time scheduling
          Real-time processes are periodically released, giving them a
          higher priority than non-real-time processes until they

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          either give up the processor voluntarily, they exhaust their
          CPU allocation, or they reach their deadline. The moment of
          release is dictated by the period and whether the process is
          sporadic or not.  Non-sporadic processes are called periodic
          and they are released precisely at intervals of their period
          (but periods can be skipped if the process blocks on I/O).
          Sporadic processes are released whenever they become runn-
          able (after being blocked by sleep() or I/O), but always at
          least an interval of period after the previous release.

          The deadline of a real-time process specifies that the pro-
          cess must complete within the first deadline seconds of its
          period. The dealine must be less than or equal to the
          period.  If it is not specified, it is set to the period.

          The cost of a real-time process describes the maximum CPU
          time the process may use per period.

          A real-time process can give up the CPU before its deadline
          is reached or its allocation is exhausted.  It does this by
          calling sleep(0). If yieldonblock is specified, it also does
          it by executing any blocking system call.  Yieldonblock is
          assumed for sporadic processes.

          Of the released processes, the one with the earliest dead-
          line has the highest priority.  Care should be taken using
          spin locks (see lock(2)) because a real-time process spin-
          ning on a lock will not give up the processor until its CPU
          allocation is exhausted; this is unlikely to be the desired

          When a real-time process reaches its deadline or exhausts
          its CPU allocation, it remains schedulable, but at a very
          low priority.

          The priority is interpreted by Plan 9's multilevel process
          scheduler.  Priorities run from 0 to 19, with higher numbers
          representing higher priorities.  A process has a base prior-
          ity and a running priority which is less than or equal to
          the base priority.  As a process uses up more of its allo-
          cated time, its priority is lowered.  Unless explicitly set,
          user processes have base priority 10, kernel processes 13.
          Children inherit the parent's base priority.


          trace(1), debugger(2), mach(2), cons(3)

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