process tableprocess control blocks and contain the following information: process state - information needed so that the process can be loaded into memory and run, such as the program counter, the stack pointer, and the values of registers. memory state - details of the memory allocation such as pointers to the various memory areas used by the program resource state - information regarding the status of files being used by the process such as user ID. Accounting and scheduling information. An example of a UNIX process table is shown below.
SLOT ST PID PGRP UID PRI CPU EVENT NAME FLAGS 0 s 0 0 0 95 0 runout sched load sys 1 s 1 0 0 66 1 u init load 2 s 2 0 0 95 0 10bbdc vhand load sysSLOT is the entry number of the process. ST shows whether the process is paused or sleeping (s), ready to run (r), or running on a CPU (o). PID is the process ID. PGRP is the process Group. UID is the user ID. PRI is the priority of the process from 127 (highest) to 0 (lowest). EVENT is the event on which a process is paused or sleeping. NAME is the name of the process. FLAGS are the process flags. A process that has died but still has an entry in the process table is called a zombie process.
Last updated: 1998-04-24