[Mono-list] Change mono process name in ps/top

Bryan Murphy bmurphy1976 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 24 10:08:37 EST 2010

On Sat, Jan 23, 2010 at 3:41 PM, Michael Hutchinson <
m.j.hutchinson at gmail.com> wrote:

> For setting the name that ps uses you can use the -a argument to exec.
> Some older systems may not support this, such as MacOS 10.4, but we do
> it in MonoDevelop and haven't seen any problems reported with Linuxes.
> exec -a processname mono your.exe
> You need to use both tricks to make sure the name shows up everywhere.

I tried Robert's suggestion, however, because it doesn't work under ps it's
not as useful as I would like it to be.  At the end of the day, I'm trying
to accomplish something like what postgres does:

ps aux | grep postgres

postgres: IDLE
postgres: SELECT
postgres: INSERT


where I can get a quick idea what the process is doing without having to dig
around a bunch of log files.  It's clearly possible, other applications do

I'll poke around in the code for some of the other applications I've seen
that do this, maybe I can find the magic string of bits that needs to be
tickled this way, or maybe there's a Python or Ruby library out there that
can show me the way.

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