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Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2022 10:24:58 -0500
From: Shawn Webb <>
Cc: Alejandro Colomar <>,
	Michael Kerrisk <>,,
Subject: Re: [patch] proc.5: tell how to parse /proc/*/stat

On Tue, Dec 27, 2022 at 04:44:49PM -0800, Lyndon Nerenberg (VE7TFX/VE6BBM) wrote:
> Dominique Martinet writes:
> > But, really, I just don't see how this can practically be said to be parsable...
> In its current form it never will be.  The solution is to place
> this variable-length field last.  Then you can "cut -d ' ' -f 51-"
> to get the command+args part (assuming I counted all those fields
> correctly ...)
> Of course, this breaks backwards compatability.

It would also break forwards compatibility in the case new fields
needed to be added.

The only solution would be a libxo-style feature wherein a
machine-parseable format is exposed by virtue of a file extension.


1. /proc/pid/stats.json
2. /proc/pid/stats.xml
3. /proc/pid/stats.yaml_shouldnt_be_a_thing


Shawn Webb
Cofounder / Security Engineer

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