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Discover the Possibilities of the /proc Folder

Feb 19, 2008, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Federico Kereki)

"The /proc directory is a strange beast. It doesn't really exist, yet you can explore it. Its zero-length files are neither binary nor text, yet you can examine and display them. This special directory holds all the details about your Linux system, including its kernel, processes, and configuration parameters. By studying the /proc directory, you can learn how Linux commands work, and you can even do some administrative tasks.

"Under Linux, everything is managed as a file; even devices are accessed as files (in the /dev directory). Although you might think that 'normal' files are either text or binary (or possibly device or pipe files), the /proc directory contains a stranger type: virtual files..."

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