Summary: ps not following man page

From: Becki Kain (
Date: Tue Jul 06 1999 - 11:31:20 CDT

Thanks to Tim Carlson [], who knew exactly what the
problem was:

> On Tue, 6 Jul 1999, Becki Kain wrote:
> > this is under 2.5.1, the man page for ps states that ps -ef will give
> all
> > running processes, not just the ones under a username, but when I do a
> ps
> > -ef, I just get the processes that are mine. this is /bin/ps and the
> man
> > page does not state if it is /bin/ps or /usr/ucb/ps. Is this a bug?
> works for me under 2.5.1. I'm guessing that someone disable the suid root
> bit on you /bin/ps What are the permissions? They should be something
> like -r-sr-xr-x. The suid root bit may have been an ugly hack to get rid
> of the buffer overflow problem.
> It would have to be the man page for /bin/ps since /usr/ucb/ps is a
> berkeley ps and "-ef" doesn't mean anything in berkeley unix.

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