Bug#926896: sysvinit-utils: pidof is unreliable

Костик Покотиленко pokotilenko.kostik at gmail.com
Fri May 1 13:12:33 BST 2020

Caught this bug as well.

Discussing here

Fedora ships pidof with procps-ng (procps on Debian) and does not have such

Debian ships pidof with sysvinit-utils which have this problem (skipping D
and Z processes). There is no way to have pidof find D processes on Buster.
On Testing there is -z option but that also includes Z and there is a note
that with -z pidof can hand.

I'd propose to look at pidof from procps (Debian builds procps with

And what about Buster? Is it stuck with broken pidof?
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