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UNIX Scripting FAQ

How do I get all the processes related to a PID ? by PHV
Posted: 17 Dec 03

Here a sample script that output all the parent processes, the related process and all the child processes of a given PID:
ps -fe | awk -v pid=$1 '
  t="/dev/tty";printf "PID ? ">t;getline<t;pid+=$1
function child(id  ,i){
 print line[id];if(id==pid)printf "\n"
 for(i in ppid) if(ppid[i]==id) child(i)
function parent(id  ,i){
 if(line[i]>"" && i!=id) buf=parent(i)"\n"line[i]
 return buf
  print line["PID"]"\n"parent(pid)"\n";child(pid)

If you're interested only by child processes, replace the print statement in the END section with this:
  print line["PID"];child(pid)

If you're interested only by parent processes, replace the print statement in the END section with this:
  print line["PID"]parent(pid)"\n"line[pid]

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