Read Linux Process in C/C++

Posted on 2009-05-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hi All,
I can't seem to be able to figure this one out, how do i write a code in C/C++ to read the output from the ps command to filter out the information i.e the RSS, PID in it?

Question by:passaged
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#include <stdio.h>
  FILE *p=popen("ps -l","r");
  char PID[100],RSS[100];
  while( fscanf(p,"%*s %99s %*s %*s %*s %*s %*s %99s %*[^\n]",PID,RSS) == 2 ){

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ID: 24345138
Just to add to ozo's suggestion... You can fine tune the output from ps with a variety of command line options as well as filtering the output via sed or some such...

    p=popen( "ps -eo pid,rss")

will return just the PID and RSS


Author Comment

ID: 24345348
Thank you to both of you for the suggestion, trying out ozo's sample code now.

Another question, how do you add the total RSS value for the output? And also count the number of STATS codes, how many R+,S+?


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ewest02 earned 500 total points
ID: 24350717

 int64_t  tot_rss=0;
 int  tot_rplus=0;
 int  tot_splus;

struct stat {
    char * stat;
    int       cnt;

collectStats( char * str)
       a hundred ways  to do this...
       binary tree; linked list, etc For example each primary state code (D,R,S,T, etc) can act as the top of a tree. Each leaf is  auxillary code. A count can be maintained in each node...

For example, S+ and SLs+ might look like this...

      /  \
    +    L

int  main()
    FILE *fp=popen("ps -eo pid,rss,statl","r");
    char pidStr[16];
    char rssStr[16];
    char statStr[16];

    while ( fscanf( fp,"%s %s %s%*[^\n]", pidStr, rssStr, statStr) == 3 )
        printf("%s\t%s\t%s\n", pidStr, rssStr, statStr);
        tot_rssStr += strtoul( rssStr, (char **)NULL, 10);
        collectStats( statStr);

Question: what is your C\C++ coding skill level?

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int main()
system("ps -ef");

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