If the path of a command is long, the output is being cut of from the output of 'ps -ef' command. On HPUX, there is a 'x' option from ps for extended display format to fix the problem. From the man page of 'ps' of Solaris, I don't see similar option exist. Does anyone know similar option exist for Solaris? Thanks.
IIRC this is due to the fact that the /usr/bin/ps uses a kernel struct which isn't large enough to contain the exact command line. IIRC this is because its significantly faster and displays output which is normally sufficient.
The two ways i can think of on top of my head is to either run /usr/ucb/ps -auxwww, since this BSD compatible version uses a different struct and shows the entire argument.
If you only want the command line of a few processes you can also use 'pargs'.
Using '/usr/ucb/ps auxw' prints a wider output, truncated to a maximum of 132 characters.
Using '/usr/ucb/ps auxww' prints the full command-line arguments with no truncation (something that /usr/bin/ps cannot do). This is fetched, if permissions allow, from /proc/<pid>/as.
If the values in the columns are large enough they can collide. For example:
$ /usr/ucb/ps aux
USER PID %CPU %MEM SZ RSS TT S START TIME COMMAND
user1 3132 5.2 4.33132422084 pts/4 S Feb 16 132:26 Xvnc :1 -desktop X
user1 3153 1.2 2.93544414648 ? R Feb 16 21:45 gnome-terminal --s
user1 16865 1.0 10.87992055464 pts/18 S Mar 02 42:46 /usr/sfw/bin/../li
user1 3145 0.9 1.422216 7240 ? S Feb 16 17:37 metacity --sm-save
user1 3143 0.5 0.3 7988 1568 ? S Feb 16 12:09 gnome-smproxy --sm
user1 3159 0.4 1.425064 6996 ? S Feb 16 11:01 /usr/lib/wnck-appl
This can make both reading and postprocessing the values quite difficult.