[PATCH] default ps -W process start time to system boot time when inaccessible, 0, -1

Eric Blake eblake@redhat.com
Sat Mar 23 19:49:00 GMT 2019

On 3/23/19 1:41 PM, Achim Gratz wrote:
> Corinna Vinschen writes:
>>> replacing one lie with another that is less easy to spot doesn't sound
>>> the right thing to do.  How about ps if reported "N/A" or something to
>>> that effect instead?
>> 1 Jan 1970 may also be a good hint...
> Well, that was the point: I can deduce just from that date that ps
> didn't actually get data for the start time.  If it starts replacing
> this with the start time of the system instead, it might take a while
> for me to see what is going on.

On the other hand, the lie is pretty realistic - the program can't have
been running longer than your computer has been powered on, and all such
affected programs will have the same timestamp.

Eric Blake, Principal Software Engineer
Red Hat, Inc.           +1-919-301-3226
Virtualization:  qemu.org | libvirt.org

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