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 " 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
corrected. :-)


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