LINPROCFS(5) BSD File Formats Manual LINPROCFS(5)


linprocfs — Linux process file system





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The Linux process file system, or linprocfs, emulates a subset of Linux’ process file system and is required for the complete operation of some Linux binaries.

The linprocfs provides a two-level view of process space. At the highest level, processes themselves are named, according to their process ids in decimal, with no leading zeros. There is also a special node called self which always refers to the process making the lookup request.

Each node is a directory containing several files:


A reference to the vnode from which the process text was read. This can be used to gain access to the process’ symbol table, or to start another copy of the process.


The complete virtual memory image of the process. Only those addresses which exist in the process can be accessed. Reads and writes to this file modify the process. Writes to the text segment remain private to the process.

Each node is owned by the process’s user, and belongs to that user’s primary group, except for the mem node, which belongs to the kmem group.


The normal mount point for the linprocfs.


CPU vendor and model information in human-readable form.


System memory information in human-readable form.


A directory containing process information for process pid.


A directory containing process information for the current process.


The executable image for the current process.


The complete virtual address space of the current process.


mount(2), unmount(2), procfs(5), mount_linprocfs(8), pseudofs(9)


The linprocfs was derived from procfs by Pierre Beyssac. This manual page was written by Dag-Erling Smørgrav, based on the procfs(5) manual page by Garrett Wollman.


The linprocfs first appeared in FreeBSD 4.0.

BSD August 10, 1994 BSD