6.29. Psmisc-22.21

The Psmisc package contains programs for displaying information about running processes.

Approximate build time: less than 0.1 SBU
Required disk space: 4.0 MB

6.29.1. Installation of Psmisc

Prepare Psmisc for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr

Compile the package:


This package does not come with a test suite.

Install the package:

make install

Finally, move the killall and fuser programs to the location specified by the FHS:

mv -v /usr/bin/fuser   /bin
mv -v /usr/bin/killall /bin

6.29.2. Contents of Psmisc

Installed programs: fuser, killall, peekfd, prtstat, pstree, and pstree.x11 (link to pstree)

Short Descriptions


Reports the Process IDs (PIDs) of processes that use the given files or file systems


Kills processes by name; it sends a signal to all processes running any of the given commands


Peek at file descriptors of a running process, given its PID


Prints information about a process


Displays running processes as a tree


Same as pstree, except that it waits for confirmation before exiting