Subject: Slow output from 'ps'
To: None <>
From: Gordon W. Ross <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/01/1995 23:41:21
> Date: Sat, 1 Jul 1995 17:50:41 -0400
> From: "Charles M. Hannum" <>
>    One thing, why does 'ps aux' take about 5 seconds to complete, while
>    on FreeBSD it takes roughly 0.4 seconds?
> The NetBSD version is going to reread things from swap each time,
> whereas the FreeBSD version will cause other things to be rotated out
> of the cache the first couple of times.  It's a trade off of whether
> you want to allow ps(1) to be slow, or have it affect the performance
> of other programs, and whether or not you want procfs to be required.

Many other modern systems use /proc for ps.
Are there reasons NetBSD should not do that?

I generaly like getting away from any use of the old (crufty)
trick of opening /dev/kmem or /dev/mem and snooping around.
The /proc fs alternative seems nice an clean by comparison.

Gordon Ross