Question about process enumeration and _pinfo structure

Christopher Faylor
Tue May 28 16:53:00 GMT 2002

On Tue, May 28, 2002 at 11:50:41PM +0100, Chris January wrote:
>> >I want to add a member to the _pinfo structure which contains the command
>> >line originally passed to the process. At the moment, when the Cygwin DLL
>> >needs a list of the current Cygwin processes it uses winpids to enumerate
>> >the processes and the _pinfo structures for each Cygwin process are
>> >from a named file mapping. So to store the command line I either need to:
>> >i) make the command line an in-line array, e.g. char cmdline[1024];
>> >or
>> >ii) make the member a pointer to a string allocated on the cygwin heap.
>> I'm not wild about either idea.  The reason there is no command line in
>> the pinfo structure is because I didn't want to waste shared memory space
>> on something that was rarely used.  I also didn't want to have to recreate
>> the command line in dll process startup.
>A third alternative is to get the information from the process environment
>block. However this is NT specific and doesn't handle fork'ed processes. I
>don't understand why you would need to recreate the command line in dll
>process startup though.

The command line is not always passed to the process.  It can get just an
argv list.

>So is any solution preferred or shall I just drop the idea of
>/proc/<n>/cmdline ?

How about a "get_argv" option to cygwin_internal?

I'll see if I can come up with something.


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