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Bugtraq archives for 1st quarter (Jan-Mar) 1995: Re: MAGIC PIDs (was Re: magic??)

Re: MAGIC PIDs (was Re: magic??)

robert owen thomas (rthomaspamd.cig.mot.com)
Thu, 2 Feb 1995 10:40:25 -0600

what, exactly, is a "MAGIC PID"?  is this a change in the priority/nice level?
pid's, in general, are assigned on a rotary (more-or-less) basis.  has some
kernel hack set aside a block of actual pids?  this seems odd.  so then,
what is being changed in /dev/kmem?  priority?  nice?  pid?


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