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Outpu of ps -ef

Hello,

In the Output of ps -ef, what exactly does the column 'C' represent?

UID PID PPID C STIME TTY TIME CMD

root 1 0 0 Apr 11 - 0:26 /etc/init

root 118912 1 0 Apr 11 - 0:00 /usr/lib/errdemon

orap3w 2166910 1 120 Apr 16 - 22726:25 oracleP3W (LOCAL=NO)

The entry for oracleP3W (LOCAL=NO) above is C=120, whereas all other process have C=0

Thanks.

Edited by: Gautam Poddar on May 8, 2009 7:12 AM

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Hello,

man says .....

C

(-f, l, and -l flags) CPU utilization of process or thread, incremented each

time the system clock ticks and the process or thread is found to be running.

The value is decayed by the scheduler by dividing it by 2 once per second. For

the sched_other policy, CPU utilization is used in determining process

scheduling priority. Large values indicate a CPU intensive process and result

in lower process priority whereas small values indicate an I/O intensive

process and result in a more favorable priority.

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The C column is the processor utilization. With the exception of the ps command, all of the other processes listed are waiting for some event, such as another process to exit or (as in the case of shell processes) are waiting for user input. Note that in this example all of the entries have a 0 (zero) in the C column. This does not mean they have used no CPU time, but rather it is so low that it is reported as zero

Thanks,

Sudip..

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