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KB-5800: ps command show UID and not Centrify Active Directory username

Centrify DirectControl ,  

12 April,16 at 11:45 AM

Applies to:

Centrify DirectControl 5.2.2 on Rhel 6.6


When the command 'ps -ef' is executed, the output display the UID number instead of ADusername (highlighted in red).  ‘getent’  and ‘adquery user’ command return as expected. 

# ps –ef |grep –i java
784368896 1886 1883 0 12:06 ? 00:02:11 java -jar mancenter-3.4.war
784368896 2519 2516 0 12:20 ? 00:01:07 /usr/java/latest/bin/java -server -Xms4G -Xmx4G

# getent passwd <ADusername>

# adquery user <ADusername>


The length of the ADusername/local username is more than 8 characters.  The ‘ps –ef’ command will show UID instead.  This appears to be procps default behavior and it is by design (RedHat).  


Please raise the issue to RedHat support. 

Provide the following snippet of procps source code when raising the issue to RedHat support:

// The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6 (IEEE Std 1003.1, 2004 Edition)
// requires that user and group names print as decimal numbers if there is
// not enough room in the column, so tough luck if you don't like it.
// The UNIX and POSIX way to change column width is to rename it:
// ps -o pid,user=CumbersomeUserNames -o comm
// The easy way is to directly specify the desired width:
// ps -o pid,user:19,comm
static int do_pr_name(char *restrict const outbuf, const char *restrict const name, unsigned u){…..

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