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Hide the name of a process listed in the `ps` output

Terminal - Hide the name of a process listed in the `ps` output
exec -a "/sbin/getty 38400 tty7" your_cmd -erase_all_files
2012-02-01 10:54:03
User: mhs
Functions: exec
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Hide the name of a process listed in the `ps` output
exec -a $NAME $COMMAND $ARGS

`your_cmd -erase_all_files` is the real process, but harmless-looking getty appears in the process table.

Never actually had a need to do this, but interesting nonetheless... Tested in bash, dash.

-a $NAME

"pass NAME as the zeroth argument to COMMAND", i.e. customise the name of the process (as commonly seen with `ps`)

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+1 Very naughty ;-)

Comment by flatcap 238 weeks and 2 days ago

Does not seem to conceal the command argument in the ps output.

The "r1" in the following case:

# command

exec -a "/sbin/getty 38400 tty7" /usr/sbin/lsof -r1

# ps output

00:00:01 /sbin/getty 38400 tty7 -r1

Comment by zlemini 238 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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