ps -l

Posted on 2008-06-13
Last Modified: 2013-12-26

I'm a windows user, I'm trying to find out what ps -l does for unix? I think it prints a list of all processes running at the time you issue that command, similar to windows' task manager.

The output header seems to be:


I'm really wondering what the first two columns stand for (F and S)? They seem to always be a single character, is that always the case, or can they sometimes be more than one character? (I'm wondering because I want to write a script that parses the output, and it'll make a difference if the output is only ever one char long for those two columns or can be more),

Question by:DJ_AM_Juicebox
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from the man page of ps:

F        flags associated with the process
S        minimal state display

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