On Tue, 11 Jun 2002 07:29:56 MST, Juli Mallett wrote:
> > I don't think you should worry too much about _not_ getting
> > reasonable output from POSIX-conformant utilities. :-)
> I'd read SUS's ps(1) escription a little closer. Very few guarantees
> with it.
My POSIX.2 (1993) suggests that you can get a sufficient level of
regularity out of ps(1) to provide reliable input for a tree printer. I
think the "18.104.22.168 Standard Output" section defines the impact of the
format specified with the -o option "well enough".
I haven't looked at what SUS has to say about the issue, but if it's
more ambiguous, then it's a regression from POSIX.2 (1993) and should be
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