Find the full path of an already running process

readlink -f /proc/<pid>/cmdline
Uses the pid to get the full path of the process. Useful when you do not which command got picked from the path
Sample Output
#readlink -f /proc/4218/exe
/bin/bash

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By: naseer
2009-05-26 10:09:03

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What Others Think

Processes have no path. To find the full path to the executed program: readlink-f / proc / / exe Example: $ readlink -f /proc/$$/exe /bin/bash
ABATAPA · 472 weeks and 6 days ago
command is wrong: in order to get the path you have to do: readlink -e /proc//exe or cat /proc//cmdline
angleto · 472 weeks and 5 days ago

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