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SubjectRe: PIDs limited to 15 significant bits
On Sun, Oct 01, 2000 at 10:48:41PM -0400, Albert D. Cahalan wrote:
> I see you don't remember the original post. It argued in
> favor of a large PID space "because the output of ps wouldn't
> look nice otherwise"!!! (the poster wanted output sorted by
> start time without using --sort=start to ask for it)

Why not use 32-bit PIDs in the kernel, but make the number at which they
wrap a configurable option? That way, most users can keep the numbers small
for ease of management, and people who really need 100,000 processes can
have them.


Adam Sampson

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