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easily strace all your apache processes

Terminal - easily strace all your apache processes
ps auxw | grep sbin/apache | awk '{print"-p " $2}' | xargs strace -f
2013-02-19 19:14:57
User: msealand
Functions: awk grep ps strace xargs
easily strace all your apache processes

This version also attaches to new processes forked by the parent apache process. That way you can trace all current and *future* apache processes.


There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
ps auxw | grep sbin/apache | awk '{print"-p " $2}' | xargs strace
2011-03-14 21:45:22
User: px
Functions: awk grep ps xargs

This one-liner will use strace to attach to all of the currently running apache processes output and piped from the initial "ps auxw" command into some awk.

ps h --ppid $(cat /var/run/apache2.pid) | awk '{print"-p " $1}' | xargs sudo strace
2012-03-21 01:59:41
Functions: awk cat ps sudo xargs

Like the original version except it does not include the parent apache process or the grep process and adds "sudo" so it can be run by user.

ps -C apache o pid= | sed 's/^/-p /' | xargs strace

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