Subject: new sysctls, updates for ps, w, top
To: None <>
From: Simon Burge <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/29/2000 12:18:35

There are some new sysctl() handlers in the kernel and modifications
for ps, w and top that should stop the dreaded "proc size mismatch" and
similar errors that have bugged people when they've changed a kernel and
have not updated their userland to match.  These changes also have the
side effect of removing setgid kmem from these programs.

It's not feasable (at least yet) to solve these problems for all
userland kmem grovellers but ps was certainly the most visibile and
whinged-about, and w and top use the same info so it was easy to change
these as well.  That said, there's still one more unresolved issue that
_may_ affect top and need it to be recompiled one more time...

As always, please report any problems through send-pr, especially if
you have installed the updated tool and ps doesn't return the correct