High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Procfs is the name used
for the proc file system in a mount table. This file system allows
entries to be generated dynamically. This is generally done at
boot. An entry reflects process information generated by the
kernel. The filesystem makes this information available to
resources that need it but do not have sufficient privileges to
access the kernel directly. Typically, it is mapped to a mount
point named /proc. Tom J. Killian implemented the UNIX 8th Edition
version of /proc: he presented a paper titled "Processes as Files"
at USENIX in June 1984. The design of procfs aimed to replace the
ptrace system call used for process tracing, detailed documentation
could be found in the proc(4) manual page. Roger Faulkner and Ron
Gomes ported V8 /proc to SVR4, and published a paper called "The
Process File System and Process Model in UNIX System V" at USENIX
in January 1991.
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