AMH9 AMH9 - 16 days ago 6
Linux Question

Extracting portion of a proc/status linux file

First, I'm totally beginner in linux and C language, I can't relate C to c++ or java much when it comes to strings!. I'm using Fedora16 - linux - and I want to read a proc/[pid]/status file to get specific information from it, such as PPID and state, then I should print these info on the screen - command line terminal-. This must be done by writing a c script in gedit. My only issue is that I'm new to c, and dealing with strings in c seems very frustrating to me! I have already opened the file and view it on my terminal by executing the c file. Is there any possible way to store the whole content in one string variable and then I can tokenize it and store the chunks of data as in string array not char array, then I know where my wanted data is in the array and I can access it?

Here is my code though

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <unistd.h>

void main()

const char line[200];
const char junk[200];

FILE *file = fopen("/proc/14/status", "r");

// while not end of the file
while(!feof(file)) {

fscanf(file,"%s",line); //Get text into line array

printf("%s\n", line);

//fscanf(file,"%[ \n\t\r]s",junk); //Remove any 'white space' characters

}//end while



Output On Terminal:

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There are two things wrong initially

  1. line should not be const.
  2. while (!feof(file)) is almost always wrong.

The fix involves doing something like

while (fscanf(file, "%199s", line) == 1)

which will loop until there is no more data and will prevent overflowing line.

This will fix something, the other thing is rather complicated, first try using fgets() instead if fscanf(), it will consume lines from the file including the '\n' and the embedded white spaces

while (fgets(line, sizeof(line), file) != NULL)

then you can try sscanf() checking it's return value to ensure that it succeeded.

From the content of /proc/self/status you can see that strchr() would do a good job in splitting the lines in the interesting parts.

This is an example:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <ctype.h>

    FILE *file;
    char line[100];
    file = fopen("/proc/self/status", "r");
    if (file == NULL)
        return -1; /* Failure to open /proc/self/stat -- very unlikely */
    while (fgets(line, sizeof(line), file) != NULL)
        char *tail;
        char *key;
        char *value;
        tail = strchr(line, '\n');
        if (tail != NULL)
            *tail = '\0'; /* remove the trailing '\n' */
        tail = strchr(line, ':');
        if (tail != NULL)
            tail[0] = '\0';
            key = strdup(line);
            if (key == NULL)
            tail += 1;
            while ((tail[0] != '\0') && (isspace((int) tail[0]) != 0))
            value = strdup(tail);
            if (value != NULL)
                fprintf(stderr, "%s --> %s\n", key, value);
                /* You could do something now with key/value */