On Wed, Dec 17, 2003 at 02:42:07PM -0800, flux wrote: > What is /proc -directory for in FreeBSD? What kind of data does it > store? How and for what could I use it?
It's a filesystem based abstraction of the process table from the kernel. Some programs use it to get information about various processses -- although the important utilities like ps(1) just grovel directly through the kernel memory. Basically you mount it on your system, which lets a bunch of stuff work properly, and you then ignore it for ever more. Unless you're particularly concerned about security, in which case, you don't mount it and do without the stuff that needs it to run. Note that mounting the /proc directory is only a risk in the eyes of the most utterly paranoid administrators. Cheers, Matthew -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 26 The Paddocks Savill Way PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Marlow Tel: +44 1628 476614 Bucks., SL7 1TH UK
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