Bug#926896: sysvinit-utils: pidof is unreliable

Jesse Smith jsmith at resonatingmedia.com
Thu Oct 21 17:54:20 BST 2021

On 2021-10-21 1:40 p.m., Matthew Vernon wrote:
> Hi,
> On 20/10/2021 15:29, Jesse Smith wrote:
>> Is there a reason for wanting to revert this behaviour instead of using
>> the "-z" flag on the command line? If you use pidof a lot and expect to
>> see processes that are in the uninterruptable sleep state then making an
>> alias of pidof='pidof -z' seems like a straight forward approach.
>> Reverting the change entirely means the default behaviour could hang in
>> NFS environments and I'm not sure non-functioning is a better situation
>> than skipping sleeping processes.
> The RedHat bug that was the similar issue to #719273 (i.e. that
> resulted in the behaviour of pidof being changed) took a slightly
> different approach -
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=138788 (patch is
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/attachment.cgi?id=113650&action=diff );
> did that ever make its way to upstream?

I don't think this Red Hat patch ever made its way upstream. I'll give
it a test run. If it doesn't break anything it may prove to be a good
solution that makes everyone happy.

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