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SubjectRe: Request for info on proc system update frequency
On Wed, Oct 18, 2000 at 04:48:48PM +0100, Stephen Tweedie wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 17, 2000 at 12:31:24AM -0400, John Kacur wrote:
> > I'm trying to understand how the proc file system works. In particular
> > I'd like to know more about the algorithm by which the information is
> > updated and how frequently.
>
> It is "live": the file contents are generated on demand when you read
> them. A very few proc files include time-averaged data (such as the
> load average); everything else is absolutely uptodate.

...at the instant you read it. It may be out of date a nanosecond later.
[Yes, a nit-pick, but worth making clear to the original poster.]

J
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