1.218. procps

An updated procps package that fixes several bugs is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The procps package contains a set of system utilities that provide system information. The procps package includes ps, free, skill, snice, sysctl, tload, top, uptime, vmstat, w, and watch.
Bug Fixes
The vmstat disk device field was, previously, restricted to 15 characters. The Linux kernel allows for device names up to 32 characters, however, and the vmstat restriction resulted in two unwelcome behaviors. First, device names up to 31 characters were displayed correctly by "vmstat -d", although characters after the fifteenth were truncated. More significantly, devices with 32-character names were not displayed by "vmstat -d" at all. With this update, the vmstat disk device field now supports up to 32 characters, ensuring all devices are displayed properly in "vmstat -d" output.
The sysctl command's man page described the "-A" switch as displaying "all values currently available in table form." This is incorrect: "-A" is equivalent to "-a", simply displaying all currently available values. This update includes an updated man page that corrects the error. As well, this updated man page includes a new NOTES entry, documenting the interaction between modules loaded after sysctl is run and sysctl itself.
Previously applied procps patches contained three memory leaks, all of which can lead to procps utilities hanging. This update closes the leaks, ensuring the potential hangs do not, now, occur.
All procps users are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which resolves these issues.