Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 432254
'pidofproc' returns pid of initscripts
Last modified: 2014-03-25 20:55:14 EDT
Description of problem:
system-config-status shows always "/usr/bin/tor is running"
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
the reason is in /etc/init.d/tor. the status() function calls "pidofproc" which
does not exist. Use /sbin/pidof instead then it works.
[reassigning to redhat-lsb]
The 'pidofproc' function returns the pid of the initscript and causes bogus
results for the 'status' call. E.g. having a script '/tmp/foobar' like
| $ /tmp/foobar
| PID TTY STAT TIME COMMAND
| 26016 pts/117 S+ 0:00 /bin/sh /tmp/foobar
hmmm, strange. I have nearly 2 identical systems with rawhide and
redhat-lsb-3.1-19.fc8 and both show the same behaviour as I wrote in my bug report.
here my results when tor is not running:
/etc/init.d:root:# sh tor status
/usr/bin/tor is not running
/etc/init.d:root:# service tor status
/usr/bin/tor is running
/etc/init.d:root:# ./tor status
/usr/bin/tor is running
????? why does /sbin/service, /etc/init.d/tor status report wrong things ?
at the moment I have no idea...
when you execute 'sh ...tor', the process name is 'sh'. In the other cases the
script is executed directly and the process name is 'tor'.
'pidofproc' fails in filtering out the pid of the initscript because it spawns
an own process and %PPID in the following 'pidof' call does not point the
*** Bug 425998 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
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