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ipcs(1)                   BSD General Commands Manual                  ipcs(1)


NAME

     ipcs -- report System V interprocess communication facilities status


SYNOPSIS

     ipcs [-abcMmopQqSsTt]


DESCRIPTION

     The ipcs utility provides information on System V interprocess communica-
     tion (IPC) facilities on the system.

     The options are as follows:

     -a      Show the maximum amount of information possible when displaying
             active semaphores, message queues, and shared memory segments.
             (This is shorthand for specifying the -b, -c, -o, -p, and -t
             options.)

     -b      Show the maximum allowed sizes for active semaphores, message
             queues, and shared memory segments.  The ``maximum allowed size''
             is the maximum number of bytes in a message on a message queue,
             the size of a shared memory segment, or the number of semaphores
             in a set of semaphores.

     -c      Show the creator's name and group for active semaphores, message
             queues, and shared memory segments.

     -M      Display system information about shared memory.

     -m      Display information about active shared memory segments.

     -o      Show outstanding usage for active message queues, and shared mem-
             ory segments.  The ``outstanding usage'' is the number of mes-
             sages in a message queue, or the number of processes attached to
             a shared memory segment.

     -p      Show the process ID information for active semaphores, message
             queues, and shared memory segments.  The ``process ID
             information'' is the last process to send a message to or receive
             a message from a message queue, the process that created a sema-
             phore, or the last process to attach or detach a shared memory
             segment.

     -Q      Display system information about messages queues.

     -q      Display information about active message queues.

     -S      Display system information about semaphores.

     -s      Display information about active semaphores.

     -T      Display system information about shared memory, message queues
             and semaphores.

     -t      Show access times for active semaphores, message queues, and
             shared memory segments.  The access times is the time of the last
             control operation on an IPC object, the last send or receive of a
             message, the last attach or detach of a shared memory segment, or
             the last operation on a semaphore.

     If none of the -M, -m, -Q, -q, -S, or -s options are specified, informa-
     tion about all active IPC facilities is listed.


RESTRICTIONS

     System data structures may change while ipcs is running; the output of
     ipcs is not guaranteed to be consistent.


BUGS

     This manual page is woefully incomplete, because it does not at all
     attempt to explain the information printed by ipcs.


SEE ALSO

     ipcrm(1)


AUTHORS

     Thorsten Lockert <tholo@sigmasoft.com>

BSD                              June 18, 1994                             BSD

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