[CentOS] process show uid not user

James Pearson james-p at moving-picture.com
Tue Jun 19 15:49:32 UTC 2007

James Pearson wrote:
> Frank M. Ramaekers wrote:
>> One of my user's processes shows up with the uid (numeric) rather than
>> the user (alpha) on the ps command.  The /etc/passwd file shows:
>> theuser:x:500:501:The user:/home/theuser:/bin/bash
>> But, 'ps -ef' shows the uid:
>> 500       9041  8864  0 11:20 pts/1    00:00:00 ps -ef
>> Allother active users show the user.  Ideas?
> The username is probably more than 8 characters

You can work round this by doing something like:

ps -e -o user:15,pid,ppid,c,stime,tname,time,cmd

this will give a similar output to 'ps -ef' - but with more characters 
for the username - you might want to play with that number

You can also set the environment variable:


and then just run 'ps -e'

James Pearson

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