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    Exclamation Multiple "init" in ps command

    I use 2.6.12 kernel.
    ps command shows 2 init processes. the chile init process have ppid as 1.

    Why 2 init processes are in list?
    Is it normal or something gone wrong during board bringup?

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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
    2.6.12 is an old kernel type. Even RHEL 5.x systems (and clones) are at 2.6.18. Since I don't use anything currently before the 2.6.18 kernel, I cannot say whether or not that is "normal". My 6.4 RHEL clone only has one init running after booting (pid == 1). Ok. I checked one of my 2.6.18 RHEL 5.x servers, and it also only has one init process (pid == 1) running. Sorry, but I don't know if your behavior is normal for a 2.6.12 (very old) kernel.

    That said, if it seems to run normally, I'd just leave well-enough alone. As the old saw says, if it ain't broke, then don't fix it!
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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