Thread: Get pid based on command

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    Get pid based on command

    Is there a function somewhere that will let me pass it the executable file name and it will return the pid (if its running)?

    I thought I'd ask before writing a function to trawl through /proc/xxxx/cmdline for all processes.

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    What if the same executable is running several times?

    Nothing springs to mind for what you want.
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