Get the command line of a process without the ps command.

Posted: February 22, 2016. At: 11:22 AM. This was 2 years ago. Post ID: 8755
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To get the command line of a process without the ps command, and the PID of the command is known, use this command. This example is using a process with a PID of 3380.

[email protected]:~$ cat /proc/3380/cmdline 
/usr/lib/vmware/bin/thnuclnt-pdir/tmp/vmware-jason/thnuclnt-3346-fg

This will show the command line of the process without using the ps command. So blocking the ps command on a Linux system will not stop users from gaining information about the command-line switches used by a certain process.

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